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Improving therapy of severe infections through drug repurposing of synergistic combinations.

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Improving therapy of severe infections through drug repurposing of synergistic combinations.

Curr Opin Pharmacol. 2019 Aug 24;48:92-98

Authors: Cheng YS, Williamson PR, Zheng W

Abstract
Infections from multidrug resistant (MDR) pathogens and emerging viruses present challenges for effective clinical treatments. Drug repurposing and combination screens may provide therapies at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods of drug development. Synergistic combinations of two or three known compounds can increase therapeutic efficacy and reduce concentrations required for individual drugs, in turn, reducing the risk of drug toxicity. Using libraries of approved drugs, traditionally non-antibiotic compounds identified in repurposing screens can quickly move into clinical trials, since safety profiles have been previously established. Herein we summarize recent advances in identifying synergistic drug combinations and the use of drug screens for personalized medicine treatments of infections caused by MDR pathogens and emerging viruses.

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