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Issue № 1 | 2020 (39)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31556/2219-0678.2020.39.1.008-018 meta


Objective: to analyze clinical studies of drugs used for COVID-19 prevention and treatment and to identify ongoing randomized controlled trials (RCT) of drugs used for COVID-19 prevention and treatment.

Methods. A systematic search of completed clinical studies was performed in MedLine database and in reference lists of the articles found. Ongoing RCT were looked for in clinicaltrials.gov; also the search was made in Google Scholar.

Result. Drugs that are currently used for COVID-19 were assessed in 18 completed clinical studies of other infections, e.g. other coronaviruses and Ebola virus. 15 completed published studies were devoted to their use for COVID-19. Case series reports where COVID-19 drug therapy is mentioned, are cited as well. 41 RCT of COVID-19 therapy were registered in clinicaltrials.gov. Remdesivir, lopinavir/ritonavir, chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine and favipiravir are studied most often. Still the results of the completed studies cannot justify confidently the recommendation to use any of the drugs for COVID-19 prevention and treatment.

Conclusion. Currently there is no clinical evidence to reliably support any of the drug’s efficacy for COVID-19 prevention and treatment. Nevertheless, a lot of RCT are expected to be completed in the nearest future.


drug, COVID-19, systematic review, coronavirus, coronavirus infection, pharmacotherapy.

For citation

Omelyanovskiy V.V., Antonov A.A., Bezdenezhnykh T.P., Khachatryan G.R. Current Research Data on Drug Therapy for Novel Coronavirus Associated Disease (COVID-19): Systematic Review. Medical Technologies. Assessment and Choice. 2020;(1):8–18. DOI: 10.31556/2219-0678.2020.39.1.008-018