Biota's flu drug fails mid-stage study

August 1, 2014 11:51 AM

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Two doses of the drug, laninamivir octanoate, were being tested against a placebo in 639 patients to treat influenza A and B infections, the company said.

Patients given a 40 milligram (mg) or 80 mg dose did not achieve a statistically significant reduction, compared with the placebo, in the median time to alleviate influenza symptoms - the main goal of the trial, Biota said.

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