Influenza outbreak

The Hindu Business Line  Feb 24  Comment 
Zydus Cadila has received regulatory approvals to launch tetravalent inactivated influenza vaccine for seasonal flu in India. The company has received approvals from the Drug Controller General of ...
Reuters  Feb 17  Comment 
Four years ago, a bird flu outbreak in China killed at least three dozen people, triggered mass poultry culling, put masks on millions of Chinese faces and hammered shares in fast food and travel companies.
MedPage Today  Feb 16  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- 'Moderate' influenza activity this flu season
Motley Fool  Feb 11  Comment 
Believe it or not, researchers did a great job of forecasting which influenza strains would dominate the 2016-2017 flu season.
DailyFinance  Jan 31  Comment 
Filed under: News, Discovery - Health, Science & Tech It's flu season, and people in most states are being hit with a double whammy of influenza and norovirus — the winter vomiting virus also commonly known as the stomach flu. The Centers...
DailyFinance  Jan 31  Comment 
Filed under: News, Discovery - Health, Science & Tech By Pam Wright for Cases of the seasonal flu have reached epidemic levels across the country and at least three children have died from the virus, according to a report released...
Benzinga  Jan 28  Comment 
Within the past 48 hours, there has been a fifth confirmed outbreak of avian influenza, or “bird flu” in the U.K. The H5N8 strain of the bird flu has spread from wild birds to farmed poultry in several areas of the U.K. The U.K. outbreak...
FiercePharma  Jan 28  Comment 
GSK and MIT Flumoji app tracks influenza outbreaks with crowdsourcing beth.bulik Fri, 01/27/2017 - 19:27
MarketWatch  Jan 27  Comment 
Avian influenza is spreading rapidly across Europe and Asia, roiling the global poultry industry as farmers destroy millions of infected birds.
Wall Street Journal  Jan 26  Comment 
Avian flu is spreading rapidly across Europe and Asia, roiling the global poultry industry as farmers destroy millions of infected birds. Researchers fear wild migratory birds could bring the new strains to the U.S.


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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