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Flu drug 'shows promise'

22nd February 2013

A team of international researchers – including scientists from the UK – has suggested that a new type of flu drug that can stop resistant strains in their tracks shows promise.

It permanently blocks a key enzyme on the surface of the flu virus, stopping it from spreading to other cells. In mice it was found to effective against strains which were resistant to the two flu antivirals currently on the market. Concerns have been raised that resistance to the existing flu drugs Relenza and Tamiflu is becoming an increasing problem.

 

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