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2010-09-29 13:48:58

Research: Effectiveness of oseltamivir on disease progression and viral RNA shedding in patients with mild pandemic 2009 influenza A H1N1: opportunistic retrospective study of medical charts in China Healthy people who caught swine flu during the 2009 pandemic may have been protected against developing radiographically (x-ray) confirmed pneumonia by taking the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), concludes a study of cases in China published on bmj.com today. The researchers also show that...

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2010-03-28 06:55:00

U.S. doctors reported on Friday that the H1N1 swine flu virus can develop resistance to antivirus treatments very quickly. Government researchers reported cases of two persons with compromised immune systems who developed new strains of the virus after less than two weeks of therapy. The new strains are showing resistance to the antiviral drugs. Bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics quickly, which must be treated carefully. Viruses can do the same and doctors recommended that antiviral...

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2009-12-04 13:20:00

Officials in the Netherlands on Thursday announced the first death of a patient with a mutant strain of the swine flu virus, although they said the virus was not attributed to his death. Harald Wychgel, spokesman for the Dutch Institute for Health and the Environment, told AFP that the virus had undergone minor changes to make it resistant to Tamiflu. "He died not because the virus was resistant but because he was seriously ill and caught the Mexican (swine) flu," Wychgel said. "We have...

2009-12-02 09:30:00

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswirel/ -- Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that it has begun shipping additional quantities of Tamiflu® (oseltamivir phosphate) oral suspension (liquid). The added supplies of Tamiflu will begin arriving in pharmacies nationwide and will continue to roll out to wholesale and retail pharmacies during the next several weeks. These shipments add to the millions of treatment courses of the adult-sized capsules...

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2009-11-16 14:51:41

Web security firm Sophos reported Monday that some online criminals are attempting to sell fake flu drug doses to unsuspecting customers in hopes of cashing in on public fears sparked by the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. The World Health Organization has recommended the use of Tamiflu for people with symptoms of the H1N1 flu as a treatment to battle flu symptoms. Sophos reported that it has discovered hundreds of millions of spam advertisements on the Web selling bogus antiviral drugs such as...

2009-10-27 14:29:01

An experimental drug cocktail that includes three prescriptions now widely available offers the best hope in developing a single agent to treat drug-resistant H1N1 swine flu, says a virology researcher in the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. In laboratory testing, the triple combination of oseltamivir (Tamiflu), amantadine (Symmetrel) and ribavirin showed a significant capacity to stop flu-virus growth, says Mark Prichard, Ph.D, who serves on...

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2009-09-27 08:35:00

According to a report issued on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO), early treatment with swine flu antiviral medications serves as an effective treatment against the now infamous H1N1 flu. While conceding that there have been relatively few incidences of drug-resistant pandemic flu viruses, WHO officials continue to speak of the need to diligently monitor all new outbreaks for signs of drug resistance. On their website, the WHO stated there has been no new evidence that...

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2009-09-24 06:20:00

In a flux of news regarding flu vaccine production and availability, the makers of Tamiflu have alerted doctors that there is a shortage of the children's version of the drug, which serves as the first-line treatment for both swine flu and seasonal flu. Doctors and pharmacists were given a heads up about the shortage of the liquid version of Tamiflu for kids and were instructed on how to handle prescriptions meanwhile, reported the associated press. Ever since the swine flu first came on the...

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2009-08-24 06:25:00

British researchers reported on Friday that the flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza might not be worthwhile to treat seasonal influenza in healthy adults. "Recommending the use of antiviral drugs for the treatment of people presenting with symptoms is unlikely to be the most appropriate course of action," wrote Jane Burch of the University of York and colleagues. Their findings support an advisory from the World Health Organization (WHO) that says healthy patients who get H1N1 swine flu without...

2009-08-11 08:52:36

Children with mild cases of swine flu should not be given Tamiflu, British researchers said in calling on the government to reconsider its pandemic strategy. Tamiflu, an anti-viral drug, can cause serious vomiting, dehydration and respiration problems in some children, researchers at the University of Oxford said in a study published Monday. Families of children with compromised immune systems and conditions such as cystic fibrosis should discuss with their doctors the pros and cons of taking...


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