A new treatment against the flu?
Tuesday, 27 march 2018 15:27
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Drugs used for blood pressure may be effective for fighting the flu, according to a study conducted by a professor of the University Laval, in Quebec city.
Diltiazem, which is used for hypertension and for angina of the chest, as well as the étiléfrine, which is prescribed to people suffering from low blood pressure, are two products that slow down the flu, according to the latest research led by dr Guy Boivin. These two drugs also contribute to decrease the complications related to this virus.
“He gives by way of a tablet, but it is in the process of working with a group of collaborators in Lille, France, to give in the form of an aerosol,” says Dr. Boivin, who is also a researcher at the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec. [It would be] a treatment by inhalation, much like asthmatics use.”
According to the professor, “we should not develop virus resistant to this medicine-in contrast to the antiviral drugs current as tamiflu”.
A patent covering this discovery was filed in the United States.
A company founded by professor Boivin and his collaborators has been created in France to market this product. A subsidiary could also soon open in Quebec.