Navigation Links
Flu Drug Tamiflu OK for Babies Under 1: FDA
Date:12/21/2012

FRIDAY, Dec. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Children as young as two weeks old can now be given the flu medication Tamiflu under an expanded approval announced Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Tamiflu (oseltamivir) can be used as treatment in children aged two weeks to one year if they have had flu symptoms for no longer than two days. The drug is not approved to prevent flu in these children.

The safety and effectiveness of Tamiflu in children younger than two weeks of age has not been established, the FDA noted.

The FDA first approved Tamiflu for adults in 1999. Most recently, it had been approved to treat adults and children aged one year and older who have had flu symptoms for no longer than two days, and to prevent flu in adults and children aged one year and older.

There are fixed dosing regimens for children one year and older according to weight categories, but dosing for children younger than one year must be calculated for each patient based on their exact weight, the FDA stressed.

These children should receive 3 milligrams per kilogram of weight twice daily for five days. The smaller doses in this group of children will require a different dispenser than the one currently packaged with Tamiflu.

"Pharmacists must provide the proper dispenser when filling a prescription so parents can measure and administer the correct dose to their children," Dr. Edward Cox, director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an FDA news release.

"Parents and pediatricians must make sure children receive only the amount of Tamiflu appropriate for their weight," he added.

Tamiflu is the only product approved in the U.S. to treat flu in children younger than one year. It is not a substitute for early, annual flu vaccination, the FDA said. All people aged six months and older should receive an annual flu vaccine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about children, the flu and the flu vaccine.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, news release, Dec. 21, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Release all Tamiflu data as promised, argue researchers
2. Having Babies Sit Up May Help Them Learn
3. Babies born to mothers from the Philippines significantly smaller than those of Canadian-born women
4. Bigger Babies Have Bigger Brains as Teens: Study
5. RSV study shows potential for vaccine strategies to protect babies
6. Babies born to stressed mothers more likely to be bullied at school
7. Summer Babies Less Likely to Be CEOs, Study Contends
8. Passive smoking also affects neurodevelopment in babies
9. Parents of babies with sickle cell trait are less likely to receive genetic counseling, study says
10. Tight Blood Sugar Control Wont Help Babies After Heart Surgery
11. Multiple Methods Can Safely Help Babies Get to Sleep, Study Shows
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Flu Drug Tamiflu OK for Babies Under 1: FDA
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out ... family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers ... would throw rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill them. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... MIAMI, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Florida Trend magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this ... of Florida. , Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San ... Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from ... adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing their writing ... which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by nominating him ... Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In April, Genome ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The ... recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon and the network’s ... the world, and the most handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic surgery should ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, ... less invasive and more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, ... funding.  The Series-A funding is led by Innova ... Fund, and other private investors.  Arkis, new financing ... instrumentation and the market release of its in-licensed ...
(Date:6/23/2016)...  In a startling report released today, National Safety Council ... a comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid overdoses. ... states are tackling the worst drug crisis in recorded U.S. history, ... Kentucky , New Mexico , ... the 28 failing states, three – Michigan , ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Bracket , a leading clinical trial technology and specialty ... Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at the 52 nd ... in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.  A demonstration of ... its kind to fully integrate with RTSM, will be held ... a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes assessments that is ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: