Published: 2020-08-25

Therapeutic drug targets for COVID-19

R. P. Priyadharsini, DivyaShanthi C. M.


Covid 19, caused by Corona virus started in Wuhan, China on December 2019 and the disease has spread rapidly among 210 countries. Corona virus disease, a RNA virus infection affected millions of people and caused death in many patients. The symptoms include fever, sneezing, coughing and other respiratory symptoms. The disease can highly affect the elderly, immunocompromised and the fatality rate is increased among these people. There is no definitive treatment till now and patients are treated symptomatically. The steps involved in the pathogenesis including attachment of the virus to the host cell, replication, protease action, assembly of nucleocapsid, release by exocytosis and they are the potential targets for the drugs. There are various trials ongoing to evaluate the efficacy of antiviral drugs, chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, convalescent plasma and monoclonal antibodies. This review gives a summary of the most important drugs and drug targets used in the management of Covid 19.


ACE inhibitors, Convalescent plasma, Covid 19, Hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir

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