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More than one antiviral should be stockpiled to fight flu pandemic

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 23 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1086
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    The UK government is ill prepared to cope with a flu pandemic, warns a report from the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences. It says this is because of its lack of consultation with independent experts in the field.

    The report recommends that the Department of Health urgently reconsider its decision to stockpile only one antiviral drug, oseltamivir (Tamiflu), in light of emerging scientific evidence that the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza virus can develop resistance to this drug. It says stockpiling the alternative antiviral zanamivir …

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