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Thailand Adopts Policy To Restrict Use Of A/H1N1 Antivirals

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Thailand's Public Health Ministry has put in place plans to impose restrictions on the use of antiviral drugs for treating the A/H1N1 flu virus. The restrictions are intended to avoid the virus developing into a drug-resistant version as a result of over-prescribing. Under the plan, the drugs are to be prescribed only after laboratory tests confirm a patient has A/H1N1. Until the new guidelines, the ministry had allowed Roche's Tamiflu (oseltamivir) to be provided to patients who had a high fever and had recently returned from countries where infections were reported. (Click here for more

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