Once Obscure Flu Drug Now Center of International Clamor

September 23, 2005
by Paul Elias
Associated Press

In the first few years after federal regulators approved the influenza-fighting pill Tamiflu in 1999, the drug suffered from lackluster sales and indifference from U.S. health officials more focused on creating new vaccines... ..."It appears that this is the only effective intervention we have once someone has been infected. It's the one treatment," said Jeffrey Levi, a policy analyst for Washington D.C.-based non-profit Trust for America's Health. "The problem is that we don't have enough of it."

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