FEDS OK NEW FLU FIGHTER!

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THE FDA has ap­proved the first new flu drug in 20 years!

The med­i­ca­tion, Xofluza, is a one-dose pill for pa­tients aged 12 and older — but pa­tients must have symp­toms for no more than 48 hours.

Stud­ies showed Xofluza cut the amount of time peo­ple were sick from 3.3 days to 2.5 days. It also re­duced the length of a fever from 42 hours to one day.

But the FDA warns the drug is not a sub­sti­tute for the flu vac­cine, which is the best chance of pro­tec­tion.

Last year, 80,000 Amer­i­cans died of the flu and its com­pli­ca­tions —the high­est death toll in at least four decades.

Af­ter last year’s in­creased de­mand of Tam­i­flu, “this novel drug pro­vides an im­por­tant, ad­di­tional treat­ment op­tion,” says

FDA Com­mis­sioner Dr. Scott Got­tlieb.

FDA-ap­proved drug helps treat those sick with virus

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