Use of favipiravir against Covid-19: A Review

Use of Favipiravir Against Covid-19: A Review


  • Eiman Syed Department of Medical Laboratory Technology, Faculty of Rehabilitation and Allied Health Sciences, Riphah International University, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Mati Ullah Government College University, Faisalabad
  • Ataul Mustafa Government College University, Faisalabad
  • Sana Ashiq Centre for Applied Molecular Biology, University of the Punjab, Lahore-Pakistan



Covid-19, Favipiravir, Coronavirus, Pandemic


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emerged as a global challenge for the world healthcare community. The use of favipiravir against COVID-19 was studied in various studies but its efficacy and side effects remain uncertain. Therefore, we aimed to analyze the use of favipiravir in patients suffering from coronavirus.The literature search was done by using several databases including MEDLINE, Google Scholar, Web of Science, PubMed, and Science Direct. To ensure the credibility and accuracy of the included articles we include only those studies that were published in indexed journals.  Furthermore, in this current review, we mainly include only those studies published from January 2015 to September2021. We included all the review and research articles published in the English language.The review of currently available literature suggests the use of favipiravir showed both some utility and side effects in patients diagnosed with coronavirus-19. Moreover, the use of this antiviral drug may show a promising role in mild to moderate COVID-19 patients and it may reduce the need for prolonged hospital stay and mechanical ventilation. But there is still a need to confirm the side effects and favipiravir efficacy in the patients suffering from this fatal disease.


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DOI: 10.54393/pbmj.v5i2.202
Published: 2022-02-28

How to Cite

Syed , E. ., Ullah, M., Mustafa, A. ., & Ashiq, S. . (2022). Use of favipiravir against Covid-19: A Review: Use of Favipiravir Against Covid-19: A Review. Pakistan BioMedical Journal, 5(2), 14–17.



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