Fort Worth Flu

Today, a patient tested postitve for Influenza on our rapid-flu test. So, the flu has made it here, already.

From the CDC, it’s predominately the type “A” flu this year: CDC-Influenza

So, what to do? Since it’s 98% type A, what to choose? I prescribed Tamiflu, out of habit, but told the patient that it would maybe make them better one day faster, which is the limit of the effect of the anti-influenza drug effects.

I wish I’d been a touch more prepared. A couple of hours later, when I was less busy, I called one of the large chain pharmacies and did some retail pricing. And, it was surprising: Tamiflu, 5 days$79.95; amantadine, 5 days, $8.99.

Wow. As amantadine will cover 98% of the flu out there, and the benefit is being ‘better’ one day sooner, this year amantadine is my drug of choice.

CDC Antiviral drug info.


Comments

  1. Yep seen at least 10 cases here in central oklahoma in past two weeks. All type A.