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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Drug Resistant Swine Flu

The Associated Press reports,   

For the first time, a case of swine flu has proven resistant to Tamiflu — the leading pharmaceutical weapon against the new virus, international health officials said Monday.    The resistance was seen in a patient in Denmark, who has recovered.  "The goods news is they just found one," said Dr. Carolyn Bridges of the U.S. Centers for Disease control and Prevention. . . .

Until an effective vaccine is developed, the drugs Tamiflu and Relenza have been considered the best available defense against the swine flu virus, which has caused nearly 28,000 reported illness in the United States, including more than 3,000 hospitalizations and 127 deaths.

The Danish case was isolated, however, and guidelines from the CDC and the World Health Organization continue to recommend Tamiflu as a treatment. No details were released on the patient's age or gender, or on when the patient was sick.   "It is possible to see occasional reports of resistance while a drug remains largely effective," said Terry Hurley, a Roche spokesman.

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