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CDC: Flu virus resistant to two common drugs
Government urges doctors not to prescribe rimantadine, amantadine
Jan. 14: The CDC says the flu is resistant to two common antiviral drugs and are urging doctors not to use them. NBC's Robert Bazell discusses the report with MSNBC's Contessa Brewer.
ATLANTA - The government, for the first time, is urging doctors not to prescribe two antiviral drugs commonly used to fight influenza because of concerns about drug resistance, officials announced Saturday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the recommendation covers the drugs rimantadine and amantadine for the 2006 flu season.
Results of recent lab tests on influenza samples showed that the predominant strain this season — the H3N2 influenza strain — was resistant to the drugs, the agency said.
Man, what a jerk the intelligent designer is. We put a lot of work into developing rimantadine and amantadine, and he comes along and redesigns them?