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Some strains of the avian H7N9 influenza that emerged in China this year have developed resistance to the only antiviral drugs available to treat the infection, but testing for antiviral resistance can give misleading results, helping hasten the spread of resistant strains.
Patients with a severe or deadly case of the flu are often prescribed the antiviral drug Tamiflu; but there are no additional benefits to taking a double dose of the drug, according to new research.
A newly released paper is suggesting that an antiviral drug used to treat bird flu patients may not be as effective as health officials had hoped, leaving the door open for further illness and possible death.
By analyzing sewage, a group of European researchers was able to determine that about half of the Tamiflu prescribed during the 2009-2010 influenza pandemic went unused in England.
Over 40,000 people die each year in the United States from influenza-related diseases.
University of British Columbia researchers published details about the development of a new drug candidate that is capable of preventing flu virus from spreading from one cell to the next.
The FDA is now targeting producers of dietary supplements and medicines claiming to be generic versions of flu drugs that have been approved by regulators.
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