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Tamiflu might not work against swine flu, Government’s own scientists warn

Posted By admin On May 24, 2009 @ 3:14 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

David Rose
UK Daily Mail [1]
Sunday, May 24, 2009

Swine flu could soon become resistant to Tamiflu, the drug being stockpiled to fight it, say Government scientists.

A strain of seasonal flu closely related to the swine virus has already mutated so that Tamiflu is virtually useless against it.

But the Government is spending more than £100million to bring Britain’s stockpile of Tamiflu up to 50million doses – enough for 80 per cent of the population.


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Dr Steve Gamblin, the joint head of molecular structure at the National Institute for Medical
Research, told The Mail on Sunday that the mutation renders Tamiflu about 250 times less effective than it should be.

‘Our research suggests that if Tamiflu is used extensively, mutant swine flu viruses that are resistant to the drug may well arise,’ said Dr Gamblin.

‘Instead of relying on Tamiflu alone, it would be better to use a cocktail of Tamiflu and Relenza,’ – another anti-viral drug to which, so far, flu viruses have not developed resistance.

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[3] Government ‘ignored warning Tamiflu may become resistant to swine flu’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/government-ignored-warning-tamiflu-may-become-resistant-to-swine-flu.html

[4] Healthy people with swine flu do not need Tamiflu, says WHO: http://www.prisonplanet.com/healthy-people-with-swine-flu-do-not-need-tamiflu-says-who.html

[5] WHO Says Initial Findings Show Swine Flu Responds To Tamiflu: http://www.prisonplanet.com/who-says-initial-findings-show-swine-flu-responds-to-tamiflu.html

[6] Tamiflu Developer: Swine Flu May Have Been Released From A Lab: http://www.prisonplanet.com/tamiflu-developer-swine-flu-may-have-been-released-from-a-lab.html

[7] Hong Kong finds 1st case of Tamiflu-resistant H1N1: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hong-kong-finds-1st-case-of-tamiflu-resistant-h1n1.html

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