What is the role of laninamivir octanoate in the treatment of influenza?

Updated: Apr 23, 2019
  • Author: Hien H Nguyen, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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One investigational antiviral agent for influenza is laninamivir octanoate. Although not yet available in the United States, it has been approved in Japan. [100]

In a double-blind, randomized controlled trial, the median time to illness alleviation with a 40-mg dose of laninamivir octanoate was similar to that with oseltamivir. [101] A single inhalation of laninamivir octanoate proved effective for the treatment of seasonal influenza, including cases caused by oseltamivir-resistant virus, in adults.


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