ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

World bets on existing drugs to combat coronavirus

Thai doctors say novel mixture worked in one case, but experts remain guarded

Using an existing drug as the basis for a cure would eliminate much of the lengthy safety testing and clinical trials required for new drugs. (Source photos from EPA, National Institute of Infectious Diseases)

TOKYO -- Doctors and researchers are trying existing drugs to treat pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus, but experts warn that more tests are needed and people should not pin their hopes on unverified reports.

Thailand's Ministry of Public Health announced on Sunday that a coronavirus patient had improved after being administered a mixture of the flu drug oseltamivir and HIV drugs lopinavir and ritonavir.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more