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Introduction: The First Effective Antiviral

  • Herbert E. Kaufman

Abstract

During the 1950s there was an explosion of research on antivirals by a number of superb scientists with excellent resources. However, the lack of progress in discovering a clinically useful agent led to widespread discouragement. In fact, the company to which I brought idoxuridine—the first clinically effective antiviral—had closed its antiviral research section a week before my arrival. At that time, to my knowledge, no pharmaceutical company was engaged in antiviral research.

Keywords

Herpes Simplex Thymidine Kinase Oral Acyclovir Herpetic Keratitis Herpes Simplex Keratitis 
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