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Int J Mol Sci ; 21(17)2020 Aug 20.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-725538


At the moment, there are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA)-approved drugs for the treatment of COVID-19, although several antiviral drugs are available for repurposing. Many of these drugs suffer from polymorphic transformations with changes in the drug's safety and efficacy; many are poorly soluble, poorly bioavailable drugs. Current tools to reformulate antiviral APIs into safer and more bioavailable forms include pharmaceutical salts and cocrystals, even though it is difficult to classify solid forms into these regulatory-wise mutually exclusive categories. Pure liquid salt forms of APIs, ionic liquids that incorporate APIs into their structures (API-ILs) present all the advantages that salt forms provide from a pharmaceutical standpoint, without being subject to solid-state matter problems. In this perspective article, the myths and the most voiced concerns holding back implementation of API-ILs are examined, and two case studies of API-ILs antivirals (the amphoteric acyclovir and GSK2838232) are presented in detail, with a focus on drug property improvement. We advocate that the industry should consider the advantages of API-ILs which could be the genesis of disruptive innovation and believe that in order for the industry to grow and develop, the industry should be comfortable with a certain element of risk because progress often only comes from trying something different.

Acyclovir/chemistry , Antiviral Agents/chemistry , Betacoronavirus/drug effects , Butyrates/chemistry , Chrysenes/chemistry , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Acyclovir/pharmacology , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Biological Availability , Butyrates/pharmacology , COVID-19 , Chemistry, Pharmaceutical/methods , Chrysenes/pharmacology , Drug Repositioning/methods , Humans , Ionic Liquids/chemistry , Pandemics , Pentacyclic Triterpenes , SARS-CoV-2 , Solubility