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    Posted: February 10 2018 at 2:28pm
Experimental Drug Promises to Kill the Flu Virus in a Day

Printed in the Wall Street Journal...I got it on The Drudge Report!

If this is true could be a real help with fighting the flu!

Would like opinions from our medical people on this one.
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I don't have a subscription to the Wall St Journal, so I can't read the whole thing.  I got as far as the manufacturer being Shionogi and so I looked them up.

This is their news site:   https:///www.google.co.uk/search?client=firefox-b-ab&dcr=0&q=shionogi+news&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwibk63wv5zZAhWS6qQKHUVvA78Q1QIIcigF&biw=1600&bih=786.

I can't find any mention of a new flu discovery, but they are an R&D pharmaceutical company.

Perhaps we should check again on Monday.
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From the Daily Mail:

Experimental flu drug could kill the virus in ONE day – but the medicine won’t be available until next year

    An experimental flu drug developed in Japan is said to kill the virus in 24 hours
    The Shionogi & Co. compound works three times faster than Tamiflu, the most popular flu medicine doctors and nurses use to treat patients sick with the virus
    The new compound is a pill and only requires a single dose to rid patients of flu symptoms, while the drug Tamiflu has to be taken twice a day, for five days
    The World Health Organization said it could change the way doctors treat the flu
    The compound, however, won't be available in the United States until next year

A new medicine can rid flu suffers of their symptoms in as little as a day, but the drug will be no good to this year's epidemic because it won't be available to the United States until 2019.

Scientists in Japan said they have developed an experimental pill that kills the influenza virus in 24 hours, three times faster than what it takes Tamiflu to rid the virus in sick patients. Tamiflu is one of the most popular drugs to treat people sick with the flu.

Researchers said a late-stage trial on American and Japanese flu patients showed that Shionogi & Co. compound wiped out the virus in as little as a day, according to the Wall Street Journal.

It also only requires a single does, while Tamiflu requires two doses a day, for five days. Both drugs take roughly the same amount of time to completely contain flu symptoms, but researches said the experimental compound provides instant relief to patients.
The drug works by blocking the flu virus from hijacking other cells in the body

Shinogi, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, said the drugs fast response to killing off the virus is important because it reduces the risk of contagious it is.

The World Health Organization told the outlet that the Shionogi & Co. compound could change the way doctors and nurses treat people sick with the flu. ‘The data that we’ve seen looks very promising,’ he said.

Shinogai's CEO Isao Teshirogi said the compound works by blocking the flu from hijacking other cells in the body, thus keeping it from spreading. Takeki Uehara, who led the compound’s development, told the Wall Street Journal it was developed by researchers studying an anti-HIV drug that does the same thing.


'So we said: ‘Why don’t we build on our HIV knowledge to find a way to treat the flu?’ And we did,’ she said.

Shinoagi and Roche, the company that makes Tamiflu, said they are in the process of conducting a second-stage of global trials. They will then apply for US approval this summer. It could take up until next year to get a decision, Shinogai said.

The flu has been particularly deadly this year. According to Fortune, recent data from the CDC reveals that the virus was responsible for 10 per cent of deaths that occurred in the first few weeks of this year.

The outlet claims there were 40,414 deaths in the US during the third week of 2018 and 4,064 were from pneumonia or influenza.



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5377309/Experimental-flu-drug-kill-virus-ONE-day.html
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Why I believe a killer flu pandemic is lurking just beyond the corner - and it could kill 33 MILLION people in the first 200 days


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5465241/Why-believe-killer-flu-pandemic-just-corner.html
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"The Daily Mail" is sensationalist and rather partisan, but they do not have a reputation for falsehood.  Their research is generally good.

'Great article, Satori!
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