Source: © JAPAN Forward Q&A COVID-19: The Various Drugs Being Researched in Japan 2020-06-01 Mon 2020-06-01 Mon Arielle Busetto, JAPAN Forward You might have heard the mantra, “We don’t have time to develop something new, let’s use medicines we already have.” Many academics in Japan and around the world have called for further investigation into drugs currently on the market which could help fight COVID-19. In Japan, some drugs were even approved in May, and plenty of research is currently underway. Here, we explain the various drugs currently being researched in Japan in the fight against the virus. © JAPAN Forward What are some key characteristics of the drugs currently being researched? Many of the drugs gaining attention in Japan now were developed to tackle a virus with genetic structures similar to the novel coronavirus, namely viruses with RNA genetic material, such as Ebola or earlier strains of the virus. Many of the researched drugs are trying to tackle the process of virus multiplication by COVID-19 inside the human body. Which drugs are showing promise in the course of treatment in Japan? Remdesivir, produced by the American company Gilead Sciences, is a drug that had previously failed against Ebola, but has shown promising research results in the case of COVID-10, in Japan and abroad. It was formally approved for treatment against COVID-19 in Japan on May 7 through an unusually quick process, which sought to bypass the normal channels without sacrificing research quality. Kaletra (or Lopinavir), produced by American company Abbvie, was developed as a treatment for HIV. It is designed to act using the proteins used by the virus to multiply in the body and is currently being researched at Gunma University. Finally, a drug normally used against bronchial asthma, Obesco, is showing promise and currently undergoing research at Center Hospital, a part of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine. Written by Japan ForwardThe continuation of this article can be read on the "Japan Forward" site.Q&A COVID-19: The Various Drugs Being Researched in Japan By - Ben K. Tags: coronavirus / COVID-19 / Drugs / medicine / Research grape Japan Q&A COVID-19: The Various Drugs Being Researched in Japan Related Article #coronadivorce trends online as locked-down couples realize they don’t actually get along Claustrophobic haunted toilet and caskets introduced in Japan for socially distanced scares Japanese store clerk stops toilet paper theft with a bit of “dark magic” Inspirational wing-motif yoshikitty face masks and mugs will tide you through the pandemic How Residents feel about Bernie Sanders, gay marriage, lockdown, and other hot issues Do you know the correct way to disinfect your hands? This tutorial may surprise you!