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Should we start stocking up on tamiflu (oseltamivir) in case of a major flu pandemic?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Interesting question

At one point I bought tamiflu (oseltamivir) for my family.
It cost me quite a few hundred dollars (out of pocket). It sat in my little medical bag until it expired. I wish someone had advised me that it wasn't a good idea. Take care.

In brief: Interesting question

At one point I bought tamiflu (oseltamivir) for my family.
It cost me quite a few hundred dollars (out of pocket). It sat in my little medical bag until it expired. I wish someone had advised me that it wasn't a good idea. Take care.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Asaf Presente
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Not really

Many physicians who have looked at this don't advise massive stockpiling of this anti-viral agent (certainly not at home).
Frequently, strains are resistant (about 10% in the us in 2007-8) and almost 100% resistance of h1n1 in 2008-9. There are other agents to use in combination ie. Relenza (zanamivir) and all should be used at high doses and reserved for those at high risk of death.

In brief: Not really

Many physicians who have looked at this don't advise massive stockpiling of this anti-viral agent (certainly not at home).
Frequently, strains are resistant (about 10% in the us in 2007-8) and almost 100% resistance of h1n1 in 2008-9. There are other agents to use in combination ie. Relenza (zanamivir) and all should be used at high doses and reserved for those at high risk of death.
Dr. Asaf Presente
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