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No Evidence That Tamiflu Reduces Flu Complications, ER Admissions

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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...

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H1N1 Death Risk Dramatically Lowered If Antivirals Are Administered Within Two Days Of Symptoms
2014-03-19 09:19:25

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tamiflu treatments have been somewhat controversial over the past few years, with some evidence showing the H7N9 bird flu gaining resistance to the drug and others questioning the effectiveness of the antiviral medication. However, according to a large meta-analytical study, it has been found that adults hospitalized with H1N1 during the 2009-2010 influenza pandemic were 25 percent less likely to die from the disease if they were...

Pediatric Tamiflu Is Currently In Short Supply
2014-01-10 04:26:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online 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. According to the notice, the shortage only applies to the oral suspension version of Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) and is due to an increased demand for the product. The 30mg, 45mg and 75mg capsule versions remain readily...

H7N9 Double Whammy: Develops Drug Resistance, Remains Infectious
2013-12-11 08:01:46

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. It is commonly known in medical science that seasonal flu strains often become less transmissible once they develop...

2013-07-16 14:10:45

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. The authors of a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, characterized viruses taken from the first person known to be stricken with H7N9 influenza and found...

No Added Benefit To Doubling Up On Tamiflu Antiviral Drugs
2013-05-31 14:57:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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 a new study from researchers at the South East Asia Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Network (SEAICRN). The study´s findings, which were published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), conflict with the recommendations of some experts who have...

H7N9 Virus Found Resistant To Tamiflu Antiviral Medicine
2013-05-28 11:05:51

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last week the United Nations reported that the 2013 H7N9 bird flu outbreak was under control in China, stating that closures of live poultry markets likely helped in the decline of cases seen since the beginning of May. The report was welcoming news for a disease that has infected more than 130 people and killed at least 36 since first being detected at the end of March. But now, on a darker note, a newly released paper is...

2013-05-06 08:30:49

NEW YORK, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Drugs.com, the leading online clinical drug resource, today released first quarter 2013 U.S. prescription sales data for the top 100 drugs. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130506/PH07894-a )(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130506/PH07894-b ) The top five drugs have minor shifts in rank but exhibit positive growth for Q1 2013. Abilify, Otsuka's second generation antipsychotic, and Nexium, AstraZeneca's leading acid blocker,...

2013-01-08 16:23:07

Tamiflu is a drug used to treat the flu; it is not a vaccine OTTAWA, Jan. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is working with Roche Canada and the provincial and territorial health authorities to address a potential temporary shortage of the antiviral flu drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu). The Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada are arranging to immediately release a supply of the drug Tamiflu from the Agency's National Emergency Stockpile System to the manufacturer...

Tamiflu Approved For Use By Infants
2012-12-23 06:41:21

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An antiviral medication that can chemically slow the spread of influenza virus between the body's cells, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in infants as young as 14 days old, the agency announced on Friday. According to Reuters, the agency declared the prescription drug Tamiflu, which is also known as oseltamivir phosphate, cannot be used to prevent flu infection in that age group, but it can...

2012-11-05 12:26:30

Analysis of hospital data highlights potential benefits of antiviral treatment in a hospital setting BOSTON, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children hospitalized for the flu are much less likely to require breathing support from a mechanical ventilator if they receive antiviral drugs like oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) as soon as possible after admission, according to researchers at Boston Children's Hospital. The findings, based on an analysis of pediatric hospital data...