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Roche's Tamiflu Okayed for Flu Prevention
The FDA has announced its approval of Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) for prophylaxis against influenza virus strains A and B. That makes Tamiflu the only agent approved for both treatment and prevention of influenza A and B.
Hoffman-LaRoche and Gilead Sciences, the developers of the drug, cite data from clinical studies indicating that Tamiflu has a 92% efficacy in preventing influenza in adolescents, adults, and elderly individuals.
The company stresses, though, that Tamiflu should not be used as a replacement for flu vaccinations. Instead, the company says, Tamiflu should be considered an additional protection option, especially for individuals judged to be at high risk