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Repurposing of Existing Statin Drugs for Treatment of Microbial Infections: How Much Promising?

[ Vol. 19 , Issue. 3 ]


Ritika Rana, Ruchika Sharma and Anoop Kumar*   Pages 224 - 237 ( 14 )


Today’s microbial infections’ resistance to approved drugs, the emergence of new infectious diseases and lack of vaccines, create a huge threat to human health. Thus, there is an urgent need to create novel antimicrobial agents, but the high cost and prolonged timeline of novel drug discovery and development is the major barrier to make new drugs. Therefore, there is a need for specific cost effective approaches in order to identify new drugs for the treatment of various microbial infections. Drug repurposition is an alternative technique to find existing clinically approved drugs for other indications. This approach may enhance the portfolio of Pharmaceutical companies by reducing the time and money required for the development of new chemical entity. In literature, various studies have reported some encouraging results regarding the antimicrobial use of existing statin drugs. Further, some clinical studies have also shown the protective effect of statin drugs in reduction of the morbidity and mortality due to many infectious diseases but complete understanding is still lacking. Thus, there is a need for better understanding of the use of statin drugs, especially in the context of antimicrobial effects. In this review, we try to summarize the use of statin drugs in various infectious diseases and their proposed antimicrobial mechanism of action. Further, current challenges and future perspectives of repurposition of statin drugs as antimicrobial agents have also been discussed.


Drug-resistance, drug repurposition, statin drugs, antimicrobial activity, microbial infections, treatment.


Department of Pharmacology, Indo-Soviet Friendship Pharmacy College (ISFCP), Moga, Punjab, Department of Biotechnology, Indo-Soviet Friendship Institute of Professional Studies (ISFIPS), Moga, Punjab, Department of Pharmacology, Indo-Soviet Friendship Pharmacy College (ISFCP), Moga, Punjab

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