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7 Things You Should Know About COVID-19 Antiviral Pills

Many pills have shown anti-viral activity against SARS-CoV-2, as well as activity against other coronaviruses, suggesting potential for use in the treatment of COVID-19 as well as potential use to address future coronavirus threats.

According to Kaiser Health News, the next pharmaceutical feat to help defeat the pandemic could be a short-term regimen of daily pills to prevent symptoms once an individual has contracted COVID-19.

Here are important things you should know:

  1. Oral antivirals have the potential not only to subdue COVID-19 symptoms, but also to limit transmission of the virus, according to Timothy Sheahan, PhD, a virologist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
  2. The antiviral pills being developed to treat COVID-19 can work in different ways, depending on the pill. They can strengthen the immune system to fight against the virus, block receptors so the viruses can’t enter healthy cells or decrease active virus levels in the body.
  3. Merck is developing a COVID-19 antiviral pill called molnupiravir with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics. Merck CEO Robert Davis said the drugmaker expects data from its large phase 3 trials testing the drug in the coming weeks and that an FDA emergency use authorization application could come before the end of 2021.
  4. Pfizer is developing a COVID-19 antiviral pill known as PF-07321332. On Sept. 1, the drugmaker began a combined phase 2 and 3 trial for the drug.
  5. Roche is developing a COVID-19 antiviral pill known as AT-527 with Atea Pharmaceuticals. Atea officials said they expect results from phase 2 and phase 3 trials later in 2021.
  6. In June, the U.S. agreed to buy about 1.7 million treatment courses of molnupiravir for $1.2 billion if the product is approved by the FDA. The same month, the U.S. also said it would invest $3.2 billion in the Antiviral Program for Pandemics, which focuses on developing antiviral treatments for COVID-19 and other pandemics.

You may also find useful information on : List of Drugs to Use, Avoid When Treating COVID-19


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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