More News from the Swine Flu Epicenter1 min read
The CDC has recommended Tamiflu® and Relenza® for treatment of the swine influenza virus . As is often the case in any type of outbreak, there are numerous conflicting reports arising concerning the availability of the necessary medications.
One of our physician advisors, who is based at a Mexico City hospital, has provided us with the latest information on the treatment available for swine flu.
For those already infected, both Tamiflu and Relenza are available in the main hospitals and are believed to be effective for treating swine flu. Tamiflu is not available commercially but has been stockpiled by the government in adequate supplies and is being dispensed with a physician’s prescription under government supervision at large hospitals. We have learned that Tamiflu is starting to appear in pharmacies in Mexico City. Relenza has been commercially available in Mexico but demand may exceed supply. We will provide updated information as it becomes available.
There have also been reports that thousands of people are flooding the hospitals in Mexico City and are being turned away by police. Our physician advisor reports this is NOT TRUE. The main hospitals in the city are accepting anyone who needs treatment. In fact, they are encouraging people to come to the hospital for proper medical care, ideally within the first 24 hours of recognizing symptoms of swine flu.
We will stay in contact with our physician advisor in Mexico and will post any newsworthy updates.