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Category list : Antiviral agents

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  • Exterior of the FDA building, USA

    BioCryst remains hopeful of FDA approval for its single-dose influenza drug despite mixed results

    8 SEP 2014 11:30 By John Otrompke

    An experimental single-dose influenza drug has demonstrated mixed results in treating adult patients with flu when administered within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

  • Valcyte paediatric data Subscription

    2 SEP 2014 14:44

    Data on the use of Valcyte (valganciclovir; Roche) in paediatric patients has been added to the summary of product characteristics, including new guidance on the dosing that should be used for children. Information on the interactions of Valcyte with other medicines has also been updated.

  • Latest data on hepatitis C reflects lack of access to treatment

    28 JUL 2014 18:11

    Only around 3% of people chronically infected with hepatitis C were started on antiviral treatment each year in England between 2006 and 2011, according to new figures.

  • Orlistat and antiretrovirals Subscription

    18 JUL 2014 0:00

    The summary of product characteristics for alli (orlistat; GlaxoSmithKline) now states that patients should consult a doctor before taking alli concomitantly with antiretroviral medications. Orlistat may potentially reduce the absorption of antiretroviral medicines for HIV and could negatively affect the efficacy of antiretroviral medications. 

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    Infected and unaware

    16 JUL 2014 16:35

    Of the 35 million people living globally with HIV, some 19 million do not know of their HIV-positive status, says a new report by UNAIDS.

  • Symmetrel stock shortage Subscription

    11 JUL 2014 16:26

    Symmetrel capsules 100mg are out of stock from Alliance due to a manufacturing delay, consequently Symmetrel syrup 50mg/5ml (amantadine hydrochloride) is also out of stock due to increased demand. The company expects stock of the tablets to become available again in early July and the syrup in late August. Further information on 01249 466 966.

  • Influvac discontinuation Subscription

    11 JUL 2014 13:04

    Influvac desu (influenza vaccine surface antigen inactivated) has been discontinued by Abbott. Further information 01628 773355.

  • Depression

    Antiretroviral treatment linked to suicide Subscription

    10 JUL 2014 By Joanna Lyford

    Patients taking antiretroviral efavirenz were twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts, attempt suicide or take their own life.

  • Simeprevir

    Simeprevir launched as combination treatment for chronic hepatitis C

    28 MAY 2014 18:23

    European approval granted for new hepatitis C treatment

  • NHS Scotland given green light for flu antivirals

    19 FEB 2014 14:50

    Antivirals can now be prescribed for influenza in NHS Scotland, according to an NHS circular published on 17 February 2014. The circular explains that surveillance data now indicate that people presenting with influenza-like illness are likely to be infected with influenza. Therefore, antiviral drugs can be prescribed ...

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