The quest for medications to reduce intra-pancreatic fat deposition is now quarter a century old. While no specific medication has been approved for the treatment of fatty change of the pancreas, drug repurposing shows promise in reducing the burden of the most common disorder of the pancreas. This leading article outlines the 12 classes of medications that have been investigated to date with a view to reducing intra-pancreatic fat deposition. Information is presented hierarchically-from preclinical studies to retrospective findings in humans to prospective interventional studies to randomised controlled trials. This lays the grounds for shepherding the most propitious drugs into medical practice through well-designed basic science studies and adequately powered randomised controlled trials.

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