(NEWS YA) .-Japanese doctors are already working on a drug that can kill an influenza virus a day, announced on Friday the Japanese Ministry of Health.
Manufacturer, Shionogi & Co., Ltd., manufactures tablets promise to kill the flu in 24 hours and they were was approved this Friday.
One study showed it Xofluza was quicker to kill an influenza virus than anything else available treatment, including Roche AG's Tamiflu, one of the best in the market.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted him approval medicine Xofluza manufacturer last October.
The Wall Street Journal showed, Rapid acceptance would mean that Shionogi & Co. may begin to sell Xofluza.
Just a handful of new drugs, including Tamiflu, they are in the treatment of people after they have been infected.
Current drugs allow the virus to occupy cells and act instead to prevent the virus from escaping and infecting other cells. Xofluza It seeks to prevent the influenza virus from taking cells, says Shionogi CEO Isao Teshirogi.
Xofluza, which works differently than the current anti-inflammatory drugs, It requires a single dose.
Research into patients with influenza from Japan and the United States found it the average time taken by Xofluza to remove the virus was 24 hours. Tamiflu took three times longer in order to achieve the same result for the test.
but the pill may not be available in Japan before May because the national insurer has yet to set the price, said the company spokesman.
Shionogi, located in Osaka, intends to seek US approval. UU. this year Swiss Roche has already acquired a license to sell Xofluza abroad also in the United States. UU.
In addition, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca PLC there are a few other companies that test new compounds for the treatment of influenza A, the most common flu strain.
But it may take several years before their findings are commercially available.
Shionogi says his medicine is also working against it influenza B strains and experts believe it can be a breakthrough in treating the disease.