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FDA OKs Emergency Drug Uses As Swine Flu Spreads

Law360 (April 28, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized emergency use of certain flu medicines and diagnostic tests in response to the U.S. swine flu outbreak, which grew to 64 confirmed cases Tuesday.

Under the authorization, officials will be allowed to distribute certain Relenza and Tamiflu antiviral products and a diagnostic test known as the rRT-PCR swine flu panel to a greater portion of the population.

Tamiflu, which is currently approved to treat the flu in children at least 1 year old, will now be made available...
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