Drug Res (Stuttg) 2021; 71(03): 166-170
DOI: 10.1055/a-1296-7935
Opinion Paper

Favipiravir and COVID-19: A Simplified Summary

1   Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran
Sarvin Pashapour
2   Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Motahari Hospital, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran
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A recent outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the novel coronavirus designated as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) started in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019 and then spread rapidly all over the world. However, there are no specific antiviral therapies for COVID-19, using the agents which approved or in development for other viral infections is one of the potentially quickest ways to find treatment for this new viral infection. Favipiravir is an effective agent that acts as a nucleotide analog that selectively inhibits the viral RNA dependent RNA polymerase or causes lethal mutagenesis upon incorporation into the virus RNA. In view of recent studies and discussion on favipiravir, in this mini review we aimed to summarize the clinical trials studying the efficacy and safety of favipiravir in patients with COVID-19.

Publication History

Received: 16 September 2020

Accepted: 20 October 2020

Article published online:
11 November 2020

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