Tamiflu

Always question the headlines. They are often wrong. Here's a recent one from AOL News:

"Mom of 2 dies of the flu after deciding medication was too expensive." 

AOL News, 2/20/18

The message is clear. Had Heather Holland been able to afford the $116 copay for a box of Tamiflu, the flu that killed her would now be a thing of the past and she would probably be back to work. There is at least some implicit blame of the pharmaceutical industry as well. Just an ordinary story.

Except it's...

894326_54591782An updated report from the CDC said that as of February 28th, influenza activity continued to decrease, but remained at elevated across the United States. Their latest report showed that flu activity has been at elevated levels for 15 consecutive weeks. The average length of a flu season is 13 weeks. This year s relatively long flu season is largely due to its early start, and also because the season s flu vaccine is having a bad year.

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Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 1.47.05 PMWe were somewhat surprised to see today s recommendation by the CDC, which urged doctors to treat flu more aggressively. If only it were that simple.

This advisory is a result of a bad flu season, coupled with a poor match of this year s vaccine with circulating influenza strains. The match is so poor that the CDC estimates that only about one-third of predominant strains are covered far worse than last year s vaccine, which was criticized for covering roughly 60 percent of strains.

As we have...

Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 12.34.27 PMThe antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza are often used for the treatment of the flu in children and adults. Although past research has suggested that these drugs could reduce hospital admissions and complications related to the flu, the latest Cochrane Review published in the BMJ, suggests otherwise.

According to the research team, including Dr. Carl Heneghan of the University of Oxford in the UK and Dr. Peter Doshi of the University of...