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Coronavirus: KALETRA AND CHLOROQUININE

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KALETRA

Lopinavir/ritonavir, marketed as Kaletra and Aluvia, is an anti-HIV medicine given to people living with the virus to prevent it developing into AIDS.

It is a class of drug called a protease inhibitor, which essentially stick to an enzyme on a virus which is vital to the virus reproducing.

By doing this it blocks the process the virus would normally use to clone itself and spread the infection further.

CHLOROQUININE

Chloroquine phosphate, an anti-malarial medication, sold under the brand name Arlan.

The drug kills malaria parasites in the blood, stopping the tropical disease in its tracks.

Tests of the drug – which has been used for 70 years – on COVID-19 patients in China show it has potential in fighting the life-threatening virus.

The medicine, which can be manufactured cheaply, could have the power to stop the virus replicating in cells, and taking hold in the body.

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