New drug that claims to kill flu in 24 hours now showing up in local pharmacies

New drug that claims to kill flu in 24 hours now showing up in local pharmacies

One medicine promises to knock out the flu and it is finally showing up in local pharmacies.

The FDA approved Xofluza in October.

It promises relief in as little as two days.

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Xofluza was developed by the Roche Group and Shionogi & Co.

Each year, flu typically kills about 12,000 to 56,000 Americans and up to 650,000 people worldwide.

This year, Georgia has been topping the list for flu activity in the nation.

Doctor Saju Mathew from Piedmont Physicians Vinings likes the option.

"The bottom line is it’s one pill, which to me as a physician makes it really interesting that you can treat the flu, potentially effectively, aggressively, by just giving the patient a one-time dose," Mathew said.

With insurance or a coupon, Xofluza could cost you around $30, but it is not for everyone.

Children younger than age 12 and pregnant women should not use it.