antiviral agents


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antiviral agents 

Substances which inhibit the growth of a virus (e.g. herpes) by inhibiting DNA or RNA synthesis. Common agents include aciclovir (acyclovir), idoxuridine, ganciclovir, trifluoridine (trifluorothymidine) and vidarabine. See herpetic keratitis; virus.
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SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of antiviral approaches is presented against the background of concept of an ideal antiviral agent.
For the foreseeable future, this top-down approach will be incapable of providing developing countries with timely supplies of affordable vaccines and antiviral agents.
Among natural antiviral agents of a carbohydrate nature, recent investigations have focussed on sulphated polysaccharides.
Under these circumstances, influenza outbreaks such as the one presented here can be expected to recur, and adequate quantities of antiviral agents and vaccines must be made readily available to control future outbreaks.
However, depression of white blood cell counts occurs only with very high doses of these antiviral agents in immunocompromised patients.
To date, there is no evidence that taking antiviral agents effective against HHV-6 is effective in treating MS.
This novel technology, developed by ViroLogic, can provide rational guidance in antiviral drug therapy for HIV and can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of new antiviral agents.
If the herpesvirus does contribute to KS, antiviral agents may prove helpful in treating it, Moore says.
Viral resistance has been much less of a problem with the two oral antiviral agents approved since lamivudine.
Although SARS was diagnosed in these three patients retrospectively, and they were not treated with antiviral agents, they were managed in isolation wards.
Biflavanoids and Derivatives Thereof as Antiviral agents," which includes an improved method for obtaining substantially pure robustaflavone from plant material, was issued June 30, 1998, under United States Patent 5,773,462.
A combination treatment consisting of three antiviral agents - the HIV-protease inhibitor Invirase, Hivid and AZT - may be a better option for HIV-infected persons than dual therapy with AZT plus either of the other drugs, according to a study in today's New England Journal of Medicine.