Repurposed Antiviral Drugs for the Treatment of COVID-19: Syntheses, Mechanism of Infection and Clinical Trials

Author(s): Subha Sankar Paul, Goutam Biswas*

Journal Name: Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 21 , Issue 9 , 2021

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COVID-19 is a public health emergency of international concern. Although considerable knowledge has been acquired with time about the viral mechanism of infection and mode of replication, yet no specific drugs or vaccines have been discovered against SARS-CoV-2 to date. There are few small molecule antiviral drugs like Remdesivir and Favipiravir, which have shown promising results in different advanced stages of clinical trials. Chloroquinine, Hydroxychloroquine, and Lopinavir- Ritonavir combination, although initially were hypothesized to be effective against SARSCoV- 2, are now discontinued from the solidarity clinical trials. This review provides a brief description of their chemical syntheses along with their mode of action, and clinical trial results available on Google and in different peer-reviewed journals till 24th October 2020.

Keywords: SARS-CoV-2, coronavirus, antiviral drugs, repurposed drugs, remdesivir, synthesis.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 22 December, 2020
Page: [1123 - 1143]
Pages: 21
DOI: 10.2174/1389557521666201222145842
Price: $65

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