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03-05-2009, 02:20 PM

Influenza expert calls for more use of Tamiflu
March 3, 2009 · No Comments

Star Times | Feb 22, 2009


Bird flu hasn’t hit New Zealand yet, but a killer Brisbane flu’s imminent threat is a prime reason to dust off your stockpiled Tamiflu.

Influenza expert Dr Lance Jennings told the Sunday Star-Times the best way to protect against flu was vaccination, which would be available around the country from the first week in March.

However, he said the antiviral flu drug, Tamiflu, was underused in New Zealand, despite its effectiveness in treating the potentially fatal disease if taken soon after symptoms begin.

“A lot of people have a stockpile of Tamiflu for bird flu, but few GPs prescribe it for flu.

“I think we need more education around the usage of this drug and for GPs so they are aware they can prescribe it for influenza.”


Flu strain proves resistant to Tamiflu
March 3, 2009 · No Comments

AFP | Mar 2, 2009

WASHINGTON (AFP) — A virulent strain of influenza sowing misery across the United States is proving resistant to what had been until recently the most effective anti-viral drugs, according to a study released Monday.

A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that the H1N1 subtype of influenza A viruses commonly proved resistant to the popular drug oseltamivir.

Oseltamivir, sold commercially in the United States as the drug Tamiflu, is produced by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, and is the main antiviral remedy on the market.

But during the 2007-2008 flu season last year, the Tamiflu-resistant strain of the virus accounted for fully one in five cases of flu in the United States.

Preliminary data during the current 2008-2009 influenza season shows that the virus’s resistance to the Tamiflu continues to be high and that the drug-resistant strain of the flu continue to have a high incidence.

Equally worrying is the virulence of this particular strain of flu. Data last year for 99 individuals infected with oseltamivir-resistant influenza found that five of the patients had to be hospitalized, four of whom died.


Biotech firm admits flu product contained live bird flu virus
March 3, 2009 · 2 Comments

Baxter admits flu product contained live bird flu virus

The Canadian Press | Feb 27, 2009

160_bird_flu_060106TORONTO — The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses.

And an official of the World Health Organization’s European operation said the body is closely monitoring the investigation into the events that took place at Baxter International’s research facility in Orth-Donau, Austria.

“At this juncture we are confident in saying that public health and occupational risk is minimal at present,” medical officer Roberta Andraghetti said from Copenhagen, Denmark.

“But what remains unanswered are the circumstances surrounding the incident in the Baxter facility in Orth-Donau.”

The contaminated product, a mix of H3N2 seasonal flu viruses and unlabelled H5N1 viruses, was supplied to an Austrian research company. The Austrian firm, Avir Green Hills Biotechnology, then sent portions of it to sub-contractors in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Germany.


Experimental Virus Mistake Alarms Europe
March 3, 2009 · No Comments

Miller-McCune | Feb 27, 2009

By Barbara Hesselgrave

mmw_virus_022709_articleEuropean health authorities are unraveling how an “experimental virus material” focused on a seasonal flu became contaminated with H5N1 live bird flu virus and was distributed throughout Central Europe.

The tip-off to a serious problem began in early February, when researchers at a Czech subcontractor facility who inoculated ferrets with the experimental vaccine reported the animals died immediately.

Los Broncos
03-05-2009, 02:38 PM
My mother swears they release a virus into the air so the medical field can make money.

03-05-2009, 02:57 PM
I blame it all on Brian Griese