Preventive Tamiflu use approved
NICE has given the go-ahead for GPs to prescribe Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for the prevention of influenza.
GPs should only prescribe the drug when:
linfluenza is circulating
lthe patient is in an at-risk group including all over-65s and has not received the flu vaccine or the
vaccine did not match the strain
land the patient can start treatment within 48 hours of being in contact with a person with flu-like symptoms.
The drug should not be used for the prevention of flu in otherwise healthy under-65s, the guidance said.