Amodiaquine as COVID-19 Mpro Inhibitor: A Theoretical Study
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COVID-19 is caused by severe respiratory syndrome –coronavirus 2 (SARS CoV-2). This has been declared as a global pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO). Currently only supportive care is available for treatment of patients. However availability of direct therapeutic approaches would greatly benefit the patient care and reduce death among COVID- 19 patients. Repurposing of approved drugs against COVID-19 would be a faster method to identify direct therapeutics against COVID-19. This study describes screening and identification of Amodiaquine a known antimalarial as COVID-19 Mpro inhibitor by pharmacophore modeling and molecular docking. Amodiaquine may be repurposed as COVID-19 drug after thorough clinical tests.