Scientists at Kyoto University, Japan, have discovered drugs that can inhibit RNA viruses, including a new type of coronavirus infection. The results of the study were published on April 7 in the scientific journal FEBS Open Bio.
The researchers used Sendai-infected Indonesian diverse stem cells (IPS). During the study, a team of scientists used about 500 drugs approved by the FDA.
Only six were able to show efficacy. These include osteoporosis drug Raloxifene, the antiviral drug Remdesivir, and Pioglitazone used to treat diabetes.
Scientists plan to conduct clinical trials to study the results. They think the discovery will be useful in developing new methods of treating viral diseases.