Michael Marcus, MD talks about the drug TamiFlu , also know as Oseltamivir.
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Male Speaker: We're seeing a run out of the drug called Tamiflu. Who should get Tamiflu? What would be your concerns that this kid should be a candidate for Tamiflu? Dr. Michael Marcus: Tamiflu is a medication to decrease the severity and the length of time that a patient has symptoms from Influenza. It is a medication that's presently recommended for patients who have higher risk for having more severe disease. This would include younger children under the age of 10. Children with underlying immune problems, children with underlying respiratory problems or children with other underlying chronic diseases. These high risk patients certainly would be our candidate for TamiFlu. In addition, women who are pregnant would also be a candidate for Tamiflu, since pregnant women also are at high risk for having more severe disease.