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2009-07-23 12:52:13

Sales of Tamiflu, the swine flu vaccine, soared 203 percent in the first six months of 2009, according to Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, which contributed to 9 percent of the growth in overall sales for the group. In the first half of the year, sales of the drug reached $938 million during a state that the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the flu a pandemic. Roche said that sales to governments and corporations, which were stockpiling the drug, reached $611 million during the...

2009-07-17 06:00:00

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: BCRX) today announced positive results from two Phase 3 studies of intravenous (i.v.) peramivir in patients with seasonal influenza. The studies were sponsored by BioCryst's partner Shionogi & Co., Ltd. of Osaka, Japan and conducted during the 2008-2009 influenza season. Shionogi and Green Cross Corporation, the license holder of peramivir in Korea, co-conducted the portion of the studies in Korea....

2009-07-15 09:15:00

Amid reports that swine flu viruses are developing the ability to shrug off existing antiviral drugs, scientists in Japan are reporting a first-of-its kind discovery that could foster a new genre of antivirals that sidestep resistance problems, according to an article scheduled for the July 23 issue of the ACS' Journal of the Medicinal Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication.Toshinori Sato and colleagues note in the new study that current antiviral drugs, including Tamiflu and Relenza, fight...

2009-07-08 05:50:00

An official with the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that a Tamiflu-resistant strain of the H1N1 virus does not appear to be spreading in a consistent or troublesome way. "At this point we are not recommending any clinical changes to the approach in treating patients," said WHO Interim Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda in response to the discovery of Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 viruses in three people in Denmark, Japan and Hong Kong.  "Right now these examples of...

2009-07-03 14:38:44

Health officials in Japan and Hong Kong said each had a H1N1 flu patient resistant to the anti-viral drug Tamiflu, days after a Denmark patient was resistant. Japanese Health Ministry official Takeshi Enami said the swine flu strain developed in a Japanese patient who was on the drug Tamiflu to prevent the illness. The patient has since recovered after taking Relenza -- another anti-viral influenza drug, WAtoday.com.au reported. Hong Kong health officials said a Tamiflu-resistant strain of...

2009-07-03 11:55:00

On Thursday, the U.S. government said it is giving 420,000 treatment courses of Tamiflu to the Pan-American Health Organization in an attempt to fight the swine flu in Latin American and the Caribbean.The U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) said that treating and preventing the H1N1 virus would help secure the region, as well as the U.S.HHS bought 50 million courses of antiviral drugs, including Roche AG's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline's Relenza.The department released 11 million...

2009-07-01 08:35:00

After the first reported case of an H1N1 patient not responding to the antiviral drug Tamiflu, the World Health Organization (WHO) assured the public that it was an isolated case. The swine flu has been declared as a global pandemic by the United Nations agency, and up to this point it has proven to be treatable with the drug Tamiflu made by Roche. WHO spokesman Dick Thompson says that the case of the man in Denmark whose infection was not responding to the drug, which Danish officials and...

2009-06-29 14:19:14

New figures released Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO) show there are now 70,893 recorded cases of swine flu worldwide, with 311 deaths, since late March when the outbreak was first discovered. The figures reflect 11,079 new cases of swine flu, including 48 deaths, since last Friday's WHO bulletin. Meanwhile, experts reported the first Tamiflu-resistant case of swine flu, confirmed in a patient in Denmark. The anti-viral drug Tamiflu has been the primary treatment used to fight...

2009-06-29 10:08:01

Children with chronic health conditions benefit from the flu-fighting drug oseltamivir (usually known as Tamiflu) when doctors prescribe it quickly "“ as soon as they suspect the youngster has influenza "“ said an expert at Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) in a study that appears in the journal Pediatrics."This study demonstrates that those individuals who have underlying medical conditions and thereby are at greater risk from complications from influenza benefit...

2009-06-18 14:39:27

Pregnant women are at high risk of serious complications from the H1N1 A influenza virus, Japanese and Canadian researchers said. Researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and the Japan Drug Information Institute in Pregnancy in Tokyo said that pregnant women, especially those in the third trimester, are especially at risk of swine flu. For treatment or prevention during the current pandemic, oseltamivir appears to be the drug of choice because there are more data on its...

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