Three Existing Drugs May Be Effective in Treating COVID-19

In a recent study, published in the journal ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science, a team of scientists identified 3 previously available drugs that may be effective in treating COVID-19.Three Existing Drugs May Be Effective in Treating COVID-19

In the study, the researchers used a ligand-based virtual screening (LBVS) protocol to identify drugs that may be similar to the hydroxychloroquine, which was found to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 in test-tube experiments.

With the help of LBVS, the researchers found 3 potential drugs to fight COVID-19 among approximately 4,000 drugs. These are amodiaquine (antimalarial drug), the zuclopenthixol (anti-psychotic drug), and nebivolol (blood pressure drug).

Prof. Tudor Oprea, senior study author and professor of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences and chief of the University of New Mexico Division of Translational Informatics, says: "Think of it as a whack-a-mole game. Instead of having one hammer, you have two hammers, which is more effective. We’re trying to give the scientific community two hammers instead of one."

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