An experimental drug could kill the flu virus in one day. As the world is grappling with a devastating flu season, Japanese Pharma company Shinogi reported that its drug, Baloxavir Marboxil, can kill the flu virus in 24 hours. In clinical trials, Shinogi compared Baloxavir Marboxil with Tamiflu, a popular anti-viral drug. On average, participants who took Baloxavir Marboxil were flu-free within one day, whereas participants who took Tamiflu tested positive for the flu until day three.
The drug also led to a faster reduction of symptoms, like fever. Tamiflu is taken twice-daily for five days, whereas Baloxavir Marboxil is taken in a single dose. This could make medical intervention easier, especially in the instance of a flu pandemic.
Formal approval to put the drug on sale is coming soon — it’s expected to hit the Japanese market in May. But it’s unclear as to when the drug will enter the U.S.