Drug resistance in Mexican swine flu

The new flu is resistant to the older influenza drug, adamantane, like a lot of viruses these days. It’s still susceptible to the newer drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza.

The newer drugs were developed to hit different proteins on the viral coat.

Nick Anthis at The Scientific Activist explains all.

Posted in science. 1 Comment »

One Response to “Drug resistance in Mexican swine flu”

  1. bPer Says:

    Which is all the more reason to hold off on dispensing the newer drugs until it is scientifically deemed essential. I saw a report last week from (IIRC) a local pharmacy saying that they already couldn’t get Tamiflu from distributors. That’s wrong on two counts – first that the pharmacy was dispensing the drug before any confirmed cases even existed around here, and second that it was and is being dispensed before authorities like WHO or CDC or Health Canada deem this variety to be such a danger that our last line of drug defense has to be brought into action.


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