Tamiflu for Bird Flu?

Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD
Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD

Media reports about the supply of the drug Tamiflu abound as fears of a global bird flu pandemic mount. Tamiflu is the brand name for a drug known as oseltamivir, one of a class of antiviral drugs that can help reduce the severity of flu symptoms. Of the four antiviral medications that are available to treat an infection with the flu virus (oseltamivir (Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza), amantadine (Symmetrel), and rimantadine (Flumadine)), Tamiflu has been most often prescribed by doctors.