1. Home
  2. Clinical Topics
  3. FDA approves first new flu drug in 20 years
Clinical TopicsImmune/Lymphatic SystemInfection PreventionInfectious DiseasesNews

FDA approves first new flu drug in 20 years


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on October 24 that they’ve approved a new drug for the flu: Baloxavir marboxil (it’s brand name is Xofluza). This $150 single dose pill is should be taken within the first two days after symptoms (fever, aches, sniffles) appear. And, it should be given only to those over age 12 years. Unfortunately, that leaves out one of the most vulnerable populations, young children.

Just like oseltamivir (Tamiflu), this new drug is not a cure-all, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still strongly recommends that everyone over age 6 months get a flu shot.

Source: The New York Times

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.

cheryl meeGet your free access to the exclusive newsletter of American Nurse Journal and gain insights for your nursing practice.

NurseLine Newsletter

  • Hidden

*By submitting your e-mail, you are opting in to receiving information from Healthcom Media and Affiliates. The details, including your email address/mobile number, may be used to keep you informed about future products and services.

Recent Posts