Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is the manufacturer of the most famous anti-viral drug of them all, the legendary Tamiflu. Tamiflu became world famous during the SARS and bird flu epidemics with extreme supply shortages causing concern among authorities that those diseases could end up becoming global pandemics. Tamiflu is designed to prevent and treat both influenza A and influenza B with medical organisations recommending that treatment commence within 48 hours of the first signs of infection.
Tamiflu has a long history of use and its effectiveness has made it the leading anti-viral for dealing with influenza as well as related epidemics. With relatively minor side effects, Tamiflu continues to be used as the leading drug of its kind.
Tamiflu is used in many instances with high risk individuals, and even healthy individuals exposed to viral infections all being treated with it as well as being used as a preventative medicine.
Tamiflu can be used both as a preventative and to treat flu infections. The dosing and administration time is dependent on the judgement of the physician in charge of treatment. Always refer to product literature.