Coronavirus Drugs Already in the Pipeline
It's not just chloroquine. Other existing medicines are being brought to bear against COVID-19. We look at what drugs have promise against COVID-19, and when they will get here.
What drugs will be available to treat COVID-19? Here's a quick rundown and a timeline for when to expect them. Note that these drugs have not been proven yet in trials of patients suffering from the novel coronavirus, and as such do not have official FDA approval, but they may still be helpful.
Convalescent plasma, blood plasma from patients who have recovered from the virus, with their antibodies in it. Still in research, availability at least nine months away.
Artificial antibodies, which are similar to blood plasma but more consistent. Trials should begin in early summer, availability possible in the early fall. Companies working on this idea: Regeneron, Eli Lilly (LLY) with AbCellera, Vir Biotechnology (VIR), and Biogen (BIIB).