Use of evidence summaries to inform pharmacological treatment of people with suspected or diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 respiratory infection
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COVID-19, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, drug therapy, antivirals agents, SARS-CoV-2.

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Yomayusa González N, Low Padilla E, de la Hoz Siegler I, Chacón K, Acevedo Peña J, Barrero Garzón L, Barrera Barinas A, Tolosa Pérez N, Castillo Niuman A, Guevara Pulido F, Castelblanco Cuevas D, Pinzón Flórez C, Mendivelso Duarte F, Cantor Cruz F, Castillo Gutiérrez A, Gómez Gómez O, Ávila A, Guevara C, Álvarez Moreno C, Rojas Gambasica J, Arbeláez Duque CM, García Guarín B, Cárdenas Rodríguez M, Robayo Rodríguez S, Torres Castro M. Use of evidence summaries to inform pharmacological treatment of people with suspected or diagnosed SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 respiratory infection. Rev. Colomb. Nefrol. [Internet]. 2020 Apr. 14 [cited 2023 Jun. 2];7(Supl.2). Available from:


Introduction: Due to the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus since December 2019, a large volume of scientific production has been generated, in some cases uncertain or controversial, especially in the pharmacological management of patients with this infection; therefore, it is considered a relevant search for methodological alternatives to carry out its rigorous, systematic and quality synthesis, but with less execution time and lower cost.

Objective: To present the available evidence regarding the pharmacological management of people with suspected or diagnosed respiratory SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) using the method of rapid systematic reviews (RS-R) in potentially effective drugs for their management.

Methodology: A systematic and structured search was conducted in Medline, Embase, Scopus, Cochrane Library, Clinical trials and Google Scholar in English. Studies included clinical practice guidelines, consensus, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, clinical trials, and other primary studies. Data search and extraction were performed by multiple reviewers, but none were paired.

Results: Sixteen questions of clinical interest were resolved, related to the use in COVID-19 of lopinavir/ritonavir, nelfinavir, oseltamivir, remdesivir, ribavirin, teicoplanin, umifenovir, favipiravir, tocilizumab, ivermectin, convalescent plasma; the use of support management drugs such as dexamethasone were also evaluated, as well as the concomitant use of drugs that generated doubts, such as NSAIDs, ACEis, and ARA IIs.

Conclusions: Summaries of evidence are within the pandemic scenario as a good methodological alternative to offer quality information in the short term for decision-makers.
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