Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi says a new treatment protocol for COVID-19 has been communicated for implementation across the country, the main alteration being the removal of Tamiflu from COVID-19 treatment protocol.
Raisi’s comments came a few days after health ministry spokesman announced studies show Tamiflu does not prevent or treat the coronavirus disease.
Tamiflu is a prescription medicine used to treat the flu (influenza) in people two weeks of age and older who have had flu symptoms for no more than 2 days. Tamiflu can also reduce the chance of getting the flu in people 1 year and older. Tamiflu does not prevent bacterial infections that may happen with the flu.
Tamiflu belongs to a class of drugs called antivirals. It’s an influenza neuraminidase inhibitor, which prevents the flu virus from multiplying (making more virus) inside your body.
Tamiflu comes in two forms, both of which are taken by mouth. These forms include capsules and a liquid suspension.
Tamiflu is a drug to treat the flu, and it will not protect people from getting the new coronavirus. Researchers internationally have been working to develop antivirals, but at the present time, there is no specific treatment or vaccine.