Monday, June 29, 2009

1st case of H1N1 resistance to tamiflu found in Denmark

From Reuters: "Scientists have established the first case of the new H1N1 influenza strain showing resistance to Tamiflu, the main antiviral flu drug, Danish officials and the manufacturer said on Monday.

"While receiving the drug, the patient appeared to develop resistance to it," David Reddy, Roche Holding AG's (ROG.VX) pandemic taskforce leader, told reporters on a conference call on a case observed in Denmark. "This is the first report we have of it in H1N1."

Common seasonal flu can resist Tamiflu and Reddy said a case of resistance in H1N1 -- also know as swine flu -- was not unexpected. Roche had been working on strategies to counter such a development."

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