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Perspectives on Repurposed Drugs Based on Globally Accepted Therapeutic Guidelines to Combat SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Authors Rosalia R

Received 24 July 2020

Accepted for publication 9 December 2020

Published 27 January 2021 Volume 2021:13 Pages 11—18


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Rajender R Aparasu

Rina Rosalia

Department of Health Sciences, College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education (SHEE), Murdoch University – Dubai Campus, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Correspondence: Rina Rosalia
Department of Health Sciences, College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education (SHEE), Murdoch University – Dubai Campus, Level 1, Block 18, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai 345001, United Arab Emirates
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Abstract: A beta coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and was named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2. It spread globally at a rapid rate and killed innumerable people. The SARS-CoV-2 infection, also called coronavirus disease 2019, was declared a pandemic by WHO on March 11, 2020. The increasing number of SARS-CoV-2 related deaths is due to a number of reasons. A few antiviral, antimicrobial, and immune-based drugs have been repurposed for treatment as well as improvement of patient prognosis. These drugs are currently being studied in clinical trials conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other global health organizations to identify the agents that produce maximum positive patient outcomes and reduction in mortality rate. The aim of this article is to discuss the safety and efficacy of the repurposed drugs in SARS-CoV-2 infection based on currently available clinical evidence and to emphasize the importance of caution required whilst employing the international therapeutic guidelines. Also highlighted in this article are certain specific comorbid conditions, that either involve treatment with the repurposed drugs or have a direct impact of the virus in patients owing to their vulnerability.

Keywords: MERS, SARS-CoV-2, acute respiratory distress syndrome, cytokine storm syndrome, therapeutic guidelines, COVID-19

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