News & Perspective

Nov 14, 2006

Nov 14, 2006

Tamiflu may pose risk of mental side effects

(CIDRAP News) – Mainly on the basis of reports from Japan, drug manufacturer Roche and US regulators are warning that influenza patients treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) may have an increased risk of self-injury and delirium.

Nov 09, 2006

Nov 09, 2006

Anti-clotting drug may hinder action of Tamiflu

(CIDRAP News) – A laboratory study indicates that the antiplatelet drug clopidogrel (Plavix) may limit the action of the antiviral oseltamivir (Tamiflu), which could mean trouble for cardiovascular disease patients who contract influenza.

Oct 02, 2006

Oct 02, 2006

Injectable drug seen as potential treatment for flu, both seasonal and avian

(CIDRAP News) – Recent tests suggest that an antiviral drug given by intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) injection could eventually serve as another weapon against influenza, according to results presented at a conference last week.

Jul 21, 2006

Jul 21, 2006

HHS adds Relenza to state stockpile program

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced a contract with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) that will allow states to add the influenza drug zanamivir (Relenza) to their federally subsidized antiviral stockpiles.

Jun 29, 2006

Jun 29, 2006

CDC recommends flu shots for more toddlers

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials have made it official that toddlers aged 2 through 4 years should be immunized against influenza each year, adding millions of people to the groups included in flu vaccination recommendations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its annual flu prevention and control recommendations online yesterday as a lengthy early-release article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Jun 15, 2006

Jun 15, 2006

CDC verdict on 2005-06 flu season: mild

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the 2005-06 influenza season was milder than the previous several seasons and had an unusually late peak.

Mar 29, 2006

Mar 29, 2006

FDA approves using Relenza to prevent flu

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of the antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza) to prevent—not just treat—influenza in adults and children aged 5 and older.

Mar 21, 2006

Mar 21, 2006

FDA may ban use of flu antivirals in poultry

(CIDRAP News) – Veterinarians could not give poultry the same antiviral drugs being stockpiled the world over to battle a human influenza pandemic, under a rule proposed yesterday by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Feb 03, 2006

Feb 03, 2006

CDC: New test speeds detection of bird flu in humans

(CIDRAP News) – A new test developed by federal experts offers preliminary detection of H5 avian influenza in human patients in about 4 hours, compared with 2 to 3 days for other methods, government officials announced today.

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