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TAMIFLU DOES NOT WORK ON 98% OF FLU STRAINS AND DEFINITELY DOES NOT WORK ON THE H1N1 STRAIN
www.scientificamerican.com Mar 2, 2009 03:15 PM
Widespread Tamiflu resistance sparks new look at pandemic flu drug stockpile
"We've known since January that most of the flu circulating this season is resistant to Tamiflu, an antiviral drug typically used against the infection. What remained a mystery was whether the resistant flu strain made people sicker than forms that respond to the treatment — and why the resistant strain surged this year, a worry for public health officials who stockpiled Tamiflu in the event of a flu pandemic stoked by avian influenza. "
www.scientificamerican.com Jan 9, 2009 07:10 PM
Influenza drug Tamiflu ineffective against most U.S. infection
"Tamiflu, an antiviral used to treat the flu, doesnt work against most of the virus circulating in the U.S. this season, federal officials say.
It's not a serious problem so far, because fewer than the usual number of people have caught the flu this year, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorities say. But 99 percent of cases this year are resistant to the drug, compared to 11 percent last year, The New York Times reports."
www.nytimes.com Published January 8th 2009
Major Flu Strain Found Resistant to Leading Drug, Puzzling Scientists
"Virtually all the dominant strain of flu in the United States this season is resistant to the leading antiviral drug Tamiflu, and scientists and health officials
are trying to figure out why."
www.upi.com Dec. 19, 2008
Influenza A showing Tamiflu resistance
ATLANTA, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Influenza A (H1N1) is showing resistance to the drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu).
www.medicalnewstoday.com Article Date: 02 Feb 2008
Tamiflu Resistance Among Some Influenza Flu Virus Samples In Europe
"A European survey has issued preliminary results which show flu virus resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Some samples of the A (H1N1) virus, a human flu virus which is spreading in Europe this winter, is resistant to Tamiflu, a well-known antiviral drug.
The EU-funded VIRGIL network has tested 437 samples of the A (H1N1) flu virus strain between November 2007 and January 2008 in 18 European countries - of which 59 from nine different countries have become resistant to oseltamivir, 26 of them from Norway out of 37 that were sent for testing (in Norway)."
www.upmc-biosecurity.org February 1, 2008
Biosecurity News in Brief Tamiflu Resistance Found Throughout Europe
" On January 31, 2008, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported that antiviral susceptibility testing of H1N1 influenza—the strain circulating throughout Europe this flu season—has revealed some of the A (H1N1) viruses in circulation this winter are resistant to the antiviral drug oseltamivir (also know by the brand name Tamiflu). "
www.injuryboard.com Friday, February 01, 2008
Tamiflu Sales Drop as Drug-Resistance Rises
" More than ten percent of the viruses taken from Western Europe this winter showed resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu). The same story in Canada. Japan shows a three percent resistance. In the U.S. seven percent of our flu have evolve to resist treatment. "
www.time.com Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008
Drug-Resistant Flu Virus on the Rise
" This winter's most common flu strain is showing resistance to the frontline anti-flu treatment, new data shows. More than 10% of virus samples taken in Western Europe this winter were resistant to oseltamivir, better known as Tamiflu, according to figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Nearly 10% of the samples in Canada were resistant too, according to national authorities there, and the U.S. found nearly 7% resistance. The number of resistant strains are still small overall, but the superbugs aren't evenly distributed around the world: In Norway, a staggering 75% of the 16 samples taken this winter were drug-resistant — enough to pull up Western Europe's average by about 8 percentage points. "