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Third Of Japanese Flu Patients Have Tamiflu-Resistant Strain

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

An influenza epidemic in Japan is proving resistant to one of the two main drugs to treat the virus, according to a government survey. It showed that roughly 45 percent of the 671 flu patients had the Hong Kong-A strain, 36 percent the Soviet-A strain and the remaining 19 percent the B-type flu. The third of the patients with the Soviet-A strain in Japan are resistant to Roche's Tamiflu (oseltamivir). The government had stockpiled enough Tamiflu to treat 28 million people, and the government plans to use it also to treat a new type of influenza. (Click here for more



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