Experimental Drug Promises to Kill the Flu Virus in a Day

(From The Daily Mail)

Scientists in Japan said they have developed an experimental pill that kills the influenza virus in 24 hours, three times faster than what it takes Tamiflu to rid the virus in sick patients. Tamiflu is one of the most popular drugs to treat people sick with the flu.

Researchers said a late-stage trial on American and Japanese flu patients showed that Shionogi & Co. compound wiped out the virus in as little as a day, according to the Wall Street Journal.

It also only requires a single does, while Tamiflu requires two doses a day, for five days. Both drugs take roughly the same amount of time to completely contain flu symptoms, but researches said the experimental compound provides instant relief to patients.

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