Stockpiling Tamiflu May be Easy Compared with Delivery

1 decade 10 months 2 weeks ago May 05, 2006 May 5, 2006 Friday, May 05 2006 Friday, May 05, 2006 6:24:50 PM CDT in News
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SINGAPORE (AP) - Experts meeting in Singapore say stockpiling the anti-bird flu drug Tamiflu may be the easiest part if a pandemic flu strain emerges. But getting the medicine into remote areas of poor countries could prove more difficult. One participant says more research of the drug also needs to be conducted to determine how much should be given and for how long, plus drug resistance needs to be more closely examined. Health experts have touted Tamiflu as the most effective medicine available to fight bird flu. Countries worldwide have been racing to stockpile it in case the virus mutates into a form easily spread among people. But little is known about how much Tamiflu should be given to a person infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus. The two-day bird flu conference was organized by The Lancet medical journal.

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