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Antiviral Drugs Underused in US Patients for 2009 Influenza A(H1N1) Pandemic

Bridget M. Kuehn
JAMA. 2011;305(11):1080-1083. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.284.
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Too few individuals in the United States with suspected or confirmed cases of 2009 influenza A(H1N1) were treated with antiviral medications during the recent pandemic, concluded infectious disease experts who gathered in January in Arlington, Va, for the Infectious Diseases Society of America's Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza 2011 meeting.

During the meeting, scientists and governmental agency officials identified a variety of factors that may have contributed to the suboptimal use of these medications during the 2009 pandemic and suggested a variety of strategies that might facilitate better use of these resources in future pandemics.

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Inadequate communication about the use of antiviral medications such as oseltamivir led to underuse during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

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