Overuse of antivirals could make H1N1 pandemic even worse

Los Angeles Times, August 24, 2009
Indiscriminate use of antiviral medications to prevent and treat influenza could ease the way for drug-resistant strains of the novel H1N1 virus to emerge, which could make the fight against a pandemic harder, public health officials warned. Already, a handful of cases of Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 have been reported this summer, and there is no shortage of examples of misuse of the antiviral medications, experts said.

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