Journal Article

Pharmacologic Advances in the Treatment and Prevention of Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Louis D. Saravolatz, Kerry M. Empey, R. Stokes Peebles and Jay K. Kolls

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 50, issue 9, pages 1258-1267
Published in print May 2010 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 2010 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/651603
Pharmacologic Advances in the Treatment and Prevention of Respiratory Syncytial Virus

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Currently, only 2 drugs have been approved for the treatment of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Palivizumab is a monoclonal antibody for the prevention of RSV in high-risk children. Ribavirin is approved for treatment of severe RSV disease; however, its effectiveness in improving outcomes is questionable. During the past 40 years, many obstacles have delayed the development of safe and effective vaccines and treatment regimens. This article reviews these obstacles and presents the novel development strategies used to overcome many of them. Also discussed are promising new antiviral treatment candidates and their associated mechanism of action, the significant advances made in vaccine development, and exciting, new studies directed at improving outcomes through pharmacologic manipulation of the host response to RSV disease.

Journal Article.  7072 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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