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In 2009 the influenza pH1N1 virus caused the first flu pandemic in the 21st century.
Tamiflu is widely used to help patients relieve symptoms of influenza. While the drug – generically known as oseltamivir – can shorten symptoms by about half a day, there is no good evidence to support claims that it reduces admissions to the ER or complications of influenza.
Tamiflu treatments have been somewhat controversial over the past few years, with some evidence showing viruses gaining resistance to the drug and others questioning the effectiveness of the antiviral medication.
The liquid form of one of the leading prescription pediatric medicines used to treat influenza is currently in short supply, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a drug shortage notice posted on Monday.
A deadly strain of avian bird flu that has been sickening people in China since last March has been offering health experts plenty of research material, with the most recent study showing that an H7N9 mutation has been found not to lose its ability to spread to mammals, despite developing resistance to drugs.
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.