(NEWS YA) .-Japanese doctors already work on a drug that can kill the flu virus in one day, the Ministry of Health of Japan announced on Friday.
According to its manufacturer, Shionogi & Co., Ltd., the tablets promise to kill the flu in 24 hours and they were approved this Friday.
One trial showed that Xofluza was faster at killing the flu virus than any other treatment available, including Tamiflu from Roche AG, one of the best on the market.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the medication Xofluza to the manufacturer last October.
The Wall Street Journal indicated that, Quick approval would mean that Shionogi & Co. can start selling Xofluza.
Only a handful of new drugs, including Tamiflu, they exist to treat people once they are infected.
Existing drugs allow the virus to occupy the cells and instead work to prevent the virus from escaping and infecting other cells. Xofluza It works to prevent the flu virus from taking over the cells, said Shionogi CEO Isao Teshirogi.
Xofluza, which works differently from existing anti-flu drugs, Requires a single dose.
The trial of patients with influenza in Japan and the United States found that the average time that Xofluza took to kill the virus was 24 hours. Tamiflu took three times more to achieve the same test result.
But the pill may not be available in Japan before May because the national insurer has yet to set a price, a company spokesman said.
Shionogi, based in Osaka, plans to seek US approval. UU this year. Roche of Switzerland has already acquired the license to sell Xofluza abroad, even in the USA. UU
Besides that, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca PLC are some of the other companies that are testing new compounds for the treatment of influenza A, the most common strain of the flu.
But it may take several years for your discoveries to be commercially available.
Shionogi says his remedy also works against influenza B strains and experts believe it could be a breakthrough in the way the disease is treated.