What You Need to Know About the New Influenza Treatment, Xofluza

What You Need to Know About the New Influenza Treatment, Xofluza

It’s been almost 20 years to the month since Tamiflu (received FDA approval in Oct 1999) has been approved, but it has officially met its match. We now have a new contender, Xofluza. As you’ll likely get many questions about it, I just wanted to give you some quick basics on what you need to know.

  • Generic name: baloxavir marboxil

  • It has a different MOA than Tamiflu, but still only works to shorten symptoms and reduce complications

  • It’s just a single dose, in contrast to the 5 day treatments with Tamiflu

  • It’ll cost: ~$150 (Coupons for $30 and $90 may be available)

  • Only indicated for people ages 12 and up and must be given within 48 hours of onset of symptoms

  • There was no difference in the time to alleviation of symptoms between subjects who received Xofluza and those who received the other flu treatment, e.g. Tamiflu

  • Most common side effects are diarrhea and bronchitis

Hope this helps!

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  • Jade Parker

    Good timing for flu season.

  • Lee Robinson

    The virus may develop resistance after just one dose.

  • Nathalie Hall

    The cost of Xofluza will increase very soon.

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Richard Waithe, PharmD

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Dr. Richard is the Founder of MedVize, a personal medication management company and is the host of Rx Radio, a podcast dedicated the pharmacy profession. He is a pharmacist who is committed to helping individuals better manage their health and medications. He is passionate about advancing the profession of pharmacy with a focus on machine learning and blockchain technologies. His mission is to provide people with understandable knowledge to best manage their health while ensuring their medications are convenient, affordable, safe, and effective. Dr. Richard holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida, and fun fact, although living in sunny Miami, Florida, he loves snowboarding. 

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