Japan Just Approved a New Drug That Can Kill the Flu Virus In Just One Day

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    As the worst flu season in a decade rages on, a potentially groundbreaking new drug that can kill the flu virus in just one day has won regulatory approval—in Japan.

    Japanese officials granted an accelerated approval to the treatment, Xofluza from pharmaceutical maker Shionogi, last week. It could soon prove to be a significant competitor to Swiss drug giant Roche’s Tamiflu, one of the most common antivirals used to treat the flu. But it could also take until at least 2019 for Xofluza to reach the U.S. market.

    Xofluza sets itself apart from Tamiflu in several key ways, according to Shionogi. For one, it requires far fewer doses—just a single pill, in fact, compared with the five-day, two-doses-per-day regimen required by Tamiflu. That could be significant given that infections tend to linger if you don’t follow through on the entire prescribed course of a medicine.

    And then there’s the timeline. Xofluza was able to kill off the flu virus within 24 hours (compared with the nearly three days it takes Tamiflu to pull off the same feat) in trials. Admittedly, that rapid flu virus destruction doesn’t mean that your flu symptoms will subside just as fast; in fact, complete symptom elimination probably takes about the same time as Tamiflu does. However, symptoms begin to dissipate faster and aren’t necessarily as pronounced with Xofluza treatment, Shionogi says

    Unlike other flu antivirals, Xofluza actually stops virus replication in its tracks by inhibiting an enzyme that the flu virus needs to multiply.
    Japan Just Approved a New Drug That Can Kill the Flu Virus In Just One Day

    One pill sounds pretty good.
     
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    2021?...we should see a diluted version by the flu season of 2026.
     
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    We need more regulations in the US!
     
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    Wow, imagine if the virus becomes immune to this? Talk about a super virus.

    I rarely get sick, and only usually mildly when I do. However, when I am impacted with a couple of rough days, or the one every 5-6 years three day illness, I refuse to take medication. I just drink a great deal of water, cut down on my food and let my body do the rest.

    Not to say I might not try a pill if I really became violently ill, and it can't get any better as one ages, but, as of now, I avoid any OTC stuff for the most part.
     
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    Well if it works then you should be able to get it much sooner over the Internet.

    That's how I got by moonshine 'still from New Zealand !!
     
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