Swine flu treatment resistance 'expected'

30th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Roche says a swine flu patient's resistance to Tamiflu was within the 0.5 percent rate of resistance found in tests.

Geneva -- Swiss drugs company Roche said Monday that a swine flu patient's resistance to treatment with its Tamiflu drug in Denmark was expected and likely to be an individual case.

"This was very much expected," said David Reddy, Roche's pandemic task force leader.

"It doesn't mean the circulating virus is resistant to Tamiflu," he told AFP.

Danish health officials on Monday reported the first case of resistance in a patient treated with Tamiflu, an antiviral drug that is one of the key influenza treatments recommended by the World Health Organisation.

The Dane is no longer suffering from the illness and is not displaying symptoms, the Danish Institute of Serology said in a statement.

Reddy said the case was within the 0.5 percent rate of resistance to Tamiflu established in clinical trials.

Other people also infected with the Dane were treated with Tamiflu, and Reddy suggested it showed that the individual patient had some form of resistance rather than the A(H1N1) influenza virus.

The patient was given another type of medication, Relenza, made by British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.

AFP / Expatica

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