Japan Widens Flu Stockpiles With Shionogi's Xofluza
Resistance Concerns Lessening?
New supplies of Shionogi's antiviral Xofluza will be used to boost Japan's national stocks of flu therapeutics, along with others including Tamiflu and Relenza, to increase preparedness for new viral strains. While resistance concerns for Xofluza appear to be reducing, local experts supported the decision on condition use is limited to those under 12 years of age.
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