Flu Gone in Just a Day: Japanese Experimental Drug Guarantees 24-Hour Action Against Flu

The worst flu season in years made health care professional scrambling to find different ways on how to combat the virus. As the United States is battling the worst flu outbreak in nearly ten years, an experiment from another country guarantees to kill the virus in as fast as one day.

The medicine which was developed by a Japanese drug maker, Shionogi & Co. was found to work three times faster than the most popular flu drug available in the market, the Tamiflu. This medicine is expected to wipe out the virus from flu in just 24 hours.

How Does It Work?

According to Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor from the NYC Langone Medical Center, the medicine works by decreasing the viral shedding. Viral shedding occurs when a virus is present in a person’s bodily fluids or open wounds. It can also be transmitted from one person to another.

It’s like something out of science fiction. This particular drug…blocks the ability that the flu virus has to take over the inside of your cell.

Faster and Better Than Other Medicines

This drug already finished stage 3 trials and will be approved in Europe this coming spring. However, it won’t be available for purchase in the United States until next year.

Compared with Tamiflu, which needs to be taken two doses a day for five days, this wonder drug requires a single dose. Tamiflu is made by Genentech from The Roche Group. The Roche Group also came onboard to help develop the fast-acting drug.

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The current flu season in the United States put hospitals and emergency rooms at levels, with reports of healthy people dying from the infection. In response to the incidents, a lot of companies are responding with next level iterations of anti-viral treatments.

Johnson & Johnson is now working on a drug that can block the genetic materials of flu virus from replicating. There is also a universal flu vaccine, currently known as “holy grail” that can prevent the need for new vaccines every year.

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With this fast-acting flu medicine on track, the possibility of killing flu viruses are now high.