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Nov 27, 2007

Nov 27, 2007

FDA panel seeks stronger label warnings for 2 flu drugs

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Pediatric Advisory Committee voted today to recommend stronger label warnings for two antiviral influenza medications—oseltamivir and zanamivir—that have been linked to reports of neuropsychiatric problems in children and teens, mainly in Japan.

Oseltamivir already carries a warning, but zanamivir currently carries no warning about reported neuropsychiatric effects.

May 11, 2007

May 11, 2007

WHO study finds little resistance to Tamiflu

(CIDRAP News) – Resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) over the three influenza seasons from 2003 to 2006 remained low in Japan, the country with the world's highest use of the drug, according to a preliminary study from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Apr 13, 2007

Apr 13, 2007

Study suggests drug-resistant strains of influenza B can spread

(CIDRAP News) – Japanese researchers who identified antiviral-resistant strains of influenza B found that they seemed to circulate in communities and families and to make patients just as sick as their nonresistant counterparts did, contrary to a common assumption that resistant flu viruses are likely to be less transmissible and less virulent.

Jan 31, 2007

Jan 31, 2007

Nigeria confirms its first human case of avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Nigerian officials confirmed today that a 22-year-old woman died of H5N1 avian influenza, making Nigeria the third African country to have a human case, after Egypt and Djibouti.

The woman was from Lagos, the nation's largest city, a government minister told news services.

Jan 23, 2007

Jan 23, 2007

FAO: recent spread of H5N1 doesn't match last year's

(CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today that recent poultry outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza have been less extensive than those a year ago but warned that many are going unreported.

Jan 16, 2007

Jan 16, 2007

H5N1 hit Indonesian mother, son, but not father

(CIDRAP News) – Reports from Indonesia say officials have confirmed that H5N1 avian influenza infected the 18-year-old son of a woman who died of the infection last week, but the woman's husband escaped the virus.

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