US New, fast-acting drug offers a novel way to combat flu virus

19:02  13 february  2018
19:02  13 february  2018 Source:   CBS News

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The Japanese drug is called Baloxavir, manufactured by the company Shionogi. According to the company's most recent study, the drug gets rid of influenza much more quickly than Tamiflu, the most popular treatment in the U.S. In a late-stage trial, the median time it took Baloxavir to eliminate the disease was about a day.

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But the shortened treatment time didn't necessarily mean patients in the trial felt better sooner, a representative from Shionogi tells CBS News, explaining that the drug works differently than Tamiflu and other antiviral drugs. Watch the video above for more details.

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