New pill could cure the flu in just hours

The Shionogi & Co. compound works three times faster than Tamiflu one of the most popular flu medicine doctors and nurses use to treat patients sick with the virus

"Tamiflu has come down in price from a year ago because there is a generic available out now for it, but it still costs about 100 dollars for one box and that'd be one treatment for a patient", Pace said. Participants take this drug for five days once a day, instead of twice a day.

According to Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun, the drug, which targets both the A and B types of influenza virus, received a green light from a Japanese government health ministry panel in early February, indicating a likely go-ahead for imminent manufacture and sale of the drug.

Just as stories have swirled about those who had side effects from the flu, there have been those about the deaths of young, healthy people from the flu.

"We could see it being used as overhead lamps in doctors' waiting rooms or schools or any type of hospital or airports, for example", Dr. David Brenner told CBS.

"Most of the time those are people who are very old, or people who have several underlying medical conditions, or those who have the flu that's so severe they have to be hospitalized".

The flu is the kind of sickness you automatically know you have. After a doctor visit and a prescription for the generic form of Tamiflu, she is back at work. Even if you force yourself to attend to your responsibilities, (and guaranteed it will be dreadful), there's a high chance that you can infect everyone you come into contact with.

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Stay at home when you are sick.

The medicine claims to relieve flu-like symptoms including body aches, headache, fever and fatigue. Unlike bacterial disease where bacteria can be killed by antibacterials, the virus is impossible to fully kill.

But the shortened treatment time didn't necessarily mean patients in the trial felt better sooner, a representative from Shionogi tells CBS News, explaining that the drug works differently than Tamiflu and other antiviral drugs.

The drug uses a different approach to fight the flu than other medications.

Getting vaccinated is still the best defence against the flu.

Even for adults, the benefit of the drug is "not huge", he said.

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