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Half of those killed by flu in Santa Catarina had delayed treatment

Completion of the Ministry of Health study shows that patients took the drug more than five days after onset of symptoms

 
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Of the first 28 patients who died this year in Santa Catarina after contracting the influenza A (H1N1) swine flu, 14 had delayed access to the antiviral drug oseltamivir, known by the trade name Tamiflu. They took the drug more than five days after onset of symptoms. The conclusion belongs to a study released today (13) by the Ministry of Health Ministry technicians analyzed the first 28 of the 52 deaths from the disease in the state.

The efficacy of the antiviral is greater in the first 48 hours from the appearances of the symptoms. "If we had prior evidence, we now have concrete information that the treatment at the right time, has not yet been adopted in all services," said the director of the Department of Communicable Disease Surveillance of the Ministry of Health, Claudio adds. "We consider it of fundamental importance that practitioners prescribe and provide, as soon as possible, antiviral," he said.

Some of those killed, who had delayed treatment also have a history of more than one health care services, before the last hospitalization. The ministry's investigation also indicates the presence of comorbidities (when two or more diseases have causes related) in the profile of the victims. The main diseases were identified heart disease, lung disease, obesity and diabetes, predominantly among men 40-59 years of age.

A team from the Ministry of Health was sent to the state of Santa Catarina on the last day June 15, at the request of the State Department of Health technicians reviewed medical charts and made home visits to supplement the information.

Doctors across the country are advised to prescribe Tamiflu to patients presenting a picture of flu syndrome, even before the results of tests or signs of deterioration. The flu syndrome is characterized by the simultaneous emergence of fever, cough or sore throat, in addition to headache, muscle or joint pain.

The drug was withdrawn this week's list of substances subject to special control. With this measure, Tamiflu has become commercialized in pharmacies with a prescription simple, rather than in two ways. The antiviral is also available free on the National Health System (SUS).

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
   Palavras-chave:   Influenza A H1N1 influenza    The Ministry of Health    MS    Santa Catarina   
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