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California Doctors Discouraged From Prescribing Bird Flu Drug

Sacramento, CA — California physicians are being discouraged from prescribing the drug Tamiflu for individuals who want it just in case a bird flu pandemic occurs.

New guidelines were issued today by the California Department of Health Services.

Currently, the top priority for the drug is for the treatment of seasonal flu among the elderly and others who are at high risk of complications from the disease.

The guidelines states that “the indiscriminate and inappropriate use of Tamiflu may promote the development and spread of resistance among influenza viruses.”