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Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets


ISSN (Print): 1871-5265
ISSN (Online): 2212-3989

Emergence of Oseltamivir Resistance: Control and Management of Influenza before, during and after the Pandemic

Author(s): Rashmi Dixit, Gulam Khandaker, Scott Ilgoutz, Harunor Rashid and Robert Booy

Volume 13, Issue 1, 2013

Page: [34 - 45] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/18715265112129990006

Price: $65


Neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs), such as oseltamivir and zanamivir, are the medicines of choice against influenza A or B. Oseltamivir resistance can be conferred by a single point missense mutation from histidine to tyrosine at position 275 (H275Y) of the neuraminidase gene. Oseltamivir resistance in seasonal influenza A/H1N1 strains rose markedly during the 2007-2008 season. Furthermore, oseltamivir resistant (OsR) strains of pandemic influenza A/H1N1 2009 (influenza A(H1N1)pdm09) have been increasingly isolated, although the majority remain sensitive. These OsR strains retain virulence, replicative fitness and transmissibility from person to person, with outbreaks reported. Treatment options in those at risk of severe or complicated disease are limited to zanamivir which is only licenced in those over the age of 5 years; of further concern, strains demonstrating low level resistance to both oseltamivir and zanamivir have been reported. Strategies to reduce emergence of resistant strains, such as higher dose oseltamivir regimens, need further examination.

Keywords: Influenza, neuraminidase inhibitors, oseltamivir, pandemic, resistance.

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