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The Wall Street Journal: Flu breakthrough? Japanese drug maker thinks its compound can kill virus in a day

As Americans suffer through the worst influenza outbreak in almost a decade, a Japanese drug maker says it has developed a pill that can kill the virus within a day. But even if the experimental drug lives up to the claim, it likely won’t be available in the U.S. until next year at the earliest.

A late-stage trial on Japanese and American flu patients found that for the people who took the Shionogi & Co. 4507, -3.04% compound, the median time taken to wipe out the virus was 24 hours. That is much quicker than any other flu drug on the market, including Roche AG’s RHHBY, -0.07% Tamiflu, which the trial showed took three times longer to achieve the same result.

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