September 2, 2020
Patricia Folkins, Melanie Szweras and Nicole LaBerge coauthored the article "Repurposed Drugs in the Fight Against COVID-19" in Risk Management in Canadian Health Care, published by LexisNexis.
Repurposing existing or abandoned drugs is an attractive route to finding a treatment and cure for COVID-19 quickly. To initiate such efforts, the World Health Organization (WHO) has set up a research network with the aim of identifying drug therapies and combinations that could be used to treat COVID-19.1 Such drugs have already undergone safety, efficacy, and toxicity studies for treatment of a different disease. Repurposing drugs presents pharmaceutical companies with new sales and marketing opportunities, is budget conscious, and faster than developing a drug from scratch. Past examples include minoxidil, sildenafil (ViagraTM), and thalidomide.
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This article was first published by Bereskin & Parr LLP on July 7, 2020.