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Decades-Old Leprosy Drug Inhibits Coronaviruses, May Treat COVID-19

March 17, 2021


With treatments for COVID-19 lacking, researchers are homing in on drugs that are already FDA approved to search for candidates that may inhibit SARS-CoV-2 replication. This method, known as repurposing, has found that clofazimine, an anti-leprosy drug, exhibits potent antiviral activities against SARS-CoV-2. Taken together, the data provide evidence that clofazimine may have a role in the control of the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and future pandemics caused by coronaviruses.

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