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November 14, 2006

Canada: Parents warned to watch children taking Tamiflu

Via the Globe and Mail, a CP story: Parents warned to watch children taking Tamiflu. Excerpt:

Doctors and parents should watch for signs of bizarre behaviour in children treated with the flu drug Tamiflu, health officials suggested Monday in citing an increasing number of such cases from overseas.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials still don't know if the more than 100 new cases, including three deaths from falls, are linked to the drug or to the flu virus — or a combination of both. Most of the reported cases involved children.

Still, FDA staff suggested updating Tamiflu's label to recommend that all patients, especially children, be closely monitored while on the drug. They also acknowledged that stopping treatment with Tamiflu could actually harm influenza patients if the virus is the cause of the delirium, hallucinations and other abnormal behaviour.

The FDA's pediatric advisory committee is to discuss the recommendation Thursday. The FDA isn't required to follow the advice of its outside panels but usually does. An FDA spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Posted by dymaxion at November 14, 2006 10:57 PM

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