Emerging drugs for respiratory syncytial virus infection

Expert Opin Emerg Drugs. 2009 Jun;14(2):207-17. doi: 10.1517/14728210902946399.


Although respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) was discovered > 40 years ago, treatment remains largely supportive. There are no safe and effective vaccines or specific treatments other than prophylaxis with passive antibody therapy (palivizumab). However, there are good reasons to think that the scene may soon change. As the pace of development of anti-viral drugs accelerates and optimism over vaccines increases, novel therapies are set to make a major impact in the management of this very common infection. The use and effect of such interventions are not easy to anticipate, but could ultimately include the interruption of RSV's transmission resulting in profound changes to the impact of RSV on human health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antiviral Agents / classification*
  • Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Clinical Trials, Phase II as Topic
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Drug Costs
  • Drugs, Investigational / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Molecular Structure
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections / drug therapy*
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections / economics
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccines / therapeutic use
  • Respiratory Syncytial Viruses / physiology


  • Antiviral Agents
  • Drugs, Investigational
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccines