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Panel Recommends Japan Continue Ban On Tamiflu For Teenagers

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Japan is keeping in place for now its ban on the use of Roche's Tamiflu (oseltamivir) flu drug for teenagers. A panel convened by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry recommended the ban be kept in place after reviewing a survey on the risk of abnormal behavior by teens who took the drug. Researchers are calling for more studies to determine the exact cause of the abnormal behavior, some saying it could have been the flu itself and not the drug to treat it that was responsible. The ban on its use in teens took effect just over two years ago, but it also is one of the major treatments for the H1N1 flu now affecting many Japanese. (Click here for more

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