A new lozenge costing just 20p has the potential to fight off cold and flu bugs. This lozenge will be available as an over-the-counter product at chemists within the next two years.
The lozenge could be used as a preventive medicine and can also be taken when someone has the flu. Professor Manfred Beilharz at the University of Western Australia in Perth has worked for over 15 years to develop this lozenge, which contains interferon alpha.
The Daily Mail reports that this protein was hailed as the best discovery 50 years ago, when it was used by Russian troops to fight flu.
"The immune system quashes it in a couple of days, so you will have some symptoms but they will be rather mild and you will go on as normal," said Professor Beilharz. He added that the lozenge would ease symptoms, but may not fight the infection.