The Food and Drug Administration has approved Xofluza, the first new flu drug to hit the market in decades. It is a one-dose pill and should be available next month.
What’s so special about it? A 2016 study in the US and Japan showed the pill cut how long people had a fever from an average of 42 hours to just one day. Genetech, the company who sells Xofluza said the wholesale cost would be equivalent to Tamiflu's price.
That’s $150 for the single dose, but the company plans to offer a coupon that will bring the price down to $30 for people with commercial insurance. Officials do note, however that this treatment does not replace the flu shot.