Monday, June 18, 2007

Allocation of antivirals for flu pandemic workers stirs debate

From CBC News:
Public health officials across Canada are grappling with the medical and ethical issues of giving front-line health-care workers preventive antiviral drugs if a flu pandemic strikes.

The federal and provincial governments have stockpiled more than 500 million doses of antiviral drugs to prepare for a pandemic.

Under the current federal plan, the drugs may only be used to treat people once they are ill, a reversal of an original decision two years ago to stockpile antivirals as a preventive treatment or prophylaxis for front-line health-care workers as well. ...more

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