antiviral drug

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Drugs that inhibit viruses. There are two main types: those which inhibit or interfere with viral replication (nucleoside analogues such as aciclovir and AZT) and those that interfere with virus-specific enzymes needed for processing of viral proteins to produce infective particles. The latter include antiproteases such as saquinavir, ritonavir, and indinavir and neuraminidase inhibitors such as zanamivir (TN Relenza) and oseltamivir (TN Tamiflu).

Subjects: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

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