10 Jun '11, 11am

DTN Singapore: Swine flu starting to show resistance to drugs: LONDON - A NOVEL variant of swine flu has emerged...

DTN Singapore: Swine flu starting to show resistance to drugs: LONDON - A NOVEL variant of swine flu has emerged...

Tamiflu, a mainstay drug used to tackle H1N1. -- PHOTO: REUTERS LONDON - A NOVEL variant of swine flu has emerged in Asia with a genetic adaptation giving some resistance to Roche's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline's Relenza, the two mainstay drugs used to tackle the disease. Researchers said more than 30 per cent of H1N1 swine flu infection samples from northern Australia, and more than 10 per cent of those in Singapore, collected during the early months of 2011 had mildly reduced sensitivity to the two drugs. There was no significant reduction in sensitivity to peramivir, an experimental flu drug from BioCryst Pharmaceuticals. The new variant has also been detected in other parts of Asia-Pacific, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne. Although this genetic mutation has been seen b...

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channelnewsasia.com 11 Jun '11, 9am

SINGAPORE: The Health Ministry and government research agency A*Star said the new H1N1 strain can still be treated with ma...