How do antiviral drugs work? (Podcast Episode 52)

This episode is shared from Mayo Clinic Q&A.

Guest: Gregory A. Poland, M.D. (@drgregpoland)
Host: Halena M. Gazelka, M.D. (@hmgazelkamd)

Antiviral drugs are medicines that fight against viruses in the human body by impeding the infection process. Antivirals are commonly used to treat HIV/AIDS, influenza, herpes, and hepatitis B and C. The antiviral remdesivir, which was originally developed to treat Ebola, is now being used to treat COVID-19.

Gregory A. Poland, M.D., an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, explains how this antiviral works to shorten the course of the disease.

This education is supported in part by an independent medical education grant from Pfizer Inc. and is in accordance with ACCME guidelines.

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Published

October 13, 2020

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Mayo Clinic