Influenza outbreak

The Hindu Business Line  5 hrs ago  Comment 
Samples sent to Jabalpur and Bhopal based laboratories for testing
The Hindu Business Line  Oct 20  Comment 
The zoo was shut down on Wednesday after nine water birds died of H5 Avian influenza at its premises.
The Hindu Business Line  Oct 19  Comment 
The cases come a nearly month after India declared itself free from the highly contagious avian influenza.
GenEng News  Oct 3  Comment 
Through the use of some powerful bioinformatics techniques, a team of European researchers has designed two new universal flu vaccines based on an array of epitopes from the influenza virus. The investigators predict that their vaccine design...
GenEng News  Sep 30  Comment 
DNA Electronics (DNAe) said today it will receive up to $51.9 million from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) toward developing its sequencing platform for rapid diagnosis in antimicrobial-resistant infections and...
NPR  Sep 29  Comment 
There's plenty of vaccine available this year, and the sooner people get vaccinated the better, federal health officials say. A recent drop in vaccination, especially among the elderly, concerns them.
MedPage Today  Sep 20  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- Swedish cohort study finds no increased risk
The Hindu Business Line  Sep 14  Comment 
India has declared itself free from avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, from this month.“The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has declared India free from avian influen...  Jul 18  Comment 
The US egg producer saw a weak end to a record year, as prices plummet after the end of the bird flu epidemic
NPR  Jul 12  Comment 
There are plenty of proven techniques that can help parents soothe the sting of the needle. And guess what? A parent's attitude can matter more than the actual pain of the shot.


Influenza, or the flu, is a common infectious disease, which can be deadly to individuals with compromised immune systems (the very young, the very old, and those with conditions such as AIDS or Cancer). However, occasionally particularly virulent strains of influenza break out that can be threatening on a much larger scale -- such as the flu epidemic of 1918 and, more recently, concerns that H5N1 "Bird Flu" or H1N1 "Swine Flu" could mutate into a highly-infectious and deadly virus. A number of pharmaceutical companies make treatments for the flu and benefit from the fear of a flu outbreak.

  • Roche Pharmaceuticals makes Tamiflu, an antiviral pill to treat the flu. In 2005, amid concerns that bird flu might pose a large threat during the winter flu season, many national governments began stocking up on Tamiflu. Chugai pharmaceuticals sells Tamiflu in Japan.
  • Novartis AG (NVS), through its acquisition of Chiron in 2006, supplies much of the traditional flu vaccine supply to the United States.
  • AstraZeneca (AZN), through recently acquired MedImmune, manufactures 'FluMist', a novel flu vaccine that is delivered via an intranasal spray rather than via an injection.

Companies with treatments for H1N1, or "Swine Flu"

In April 2009, a novel flu virus, known as "Swine Flu" because it was believed to have originated in pigs, started infecting humans. By April 28th, there were 1,300 confirmed cases of the flu, known by its scientific designation H1N1, in Mexico, and a handful in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

According to preliminary test done by the US Center for Disease Control, Roche Pharmaceuticals (RHHBY)'s Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)'s Relenza are active against H1N1, although many older drugs are not. [1]


  1. Investors buy up shares of flu drug makers, New York Times, April 27th 2009.
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