The race to find effective treatments for COVID-19 isn’t just about developing new drugs. University of Florida Health scientists are studying a trio of existing medications known to have broad antiviral activity.
Two drugs have shown promising results in suppressing the Sars-CoV-2 virus in initial tests on human colon and lung cells that were infected with the coronavirus. The third has shown some antiviral activity but was generally less effective than the other two compounds, the researchers found.
The researchers are focusing on the three drugs because they already have federal approval for use against other viral diseases or have undergone prior testing as an antiviral therapy, said Ashley Brown, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UF College of Medicine and an affiliated associate professor in the UF College of Pharmacy.Learn more about Trio of Medications Showing Early Promise Against Coronavirus, UF Health Researchers Find.