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Antiviral Prescribing by Office-Based Physicians During the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic

Adam L. Hersh, MD, PhD; and Randall S. Stafford, MD, PhD
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From University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, and Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305.


Disclaimer: The statements, findings, conclusions, views, and opinions contained and expressed in this article are based in part on data obtained under license from the National Disease and Therapeutic Index (2006 to 2010), IMS Health. The statements, findings, conclusions, views, and opinions contained and expressed herein are not necessarily those of IMS Health or any of its affiliated or subsidiary entities.

Grant Support: By grant T32HD044331 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Dr. Hersh) and training grant K24HL086703 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Dr. Stafford).

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Dr. Stafford: Expert testimony: Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Grants/grants pending (money to institution): Toyo-Shinyaku, Procter & Gamble, Partnership for Prevention, Stanford University, American Heart Association, Wako Inc., GlaxoSmithKline. Grants/grants pending: University of Chicago. Honoraria: American Drug Utilization Review Society, American College of Preventive Medicine, Partnership for Prevention. Payment for manuscript preparation: Massachusetts Medical Society. Travel/accommodations/expenses covered or reimbursed: Partnership for Prevention, National Committee for Quality Assurance, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Heart Association, University of Chicago, IMS Health, Drug Information Association, Bayer. Dr. Hersh: Grants received (money to institution): National Institutes of Health. Consultancy: Colorado Guidelines Committee.


Ann Intern Med. 2011;154(1):74-76. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-154-1-201101040-00019
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Estimated number of U.S. monthly visits in which a diagnosis of influenza was reported (influenza visits), an influenza antiviral was prescribed for any diagnosis (antiviral visits), and an antiviral was prescribed for influenza (influenza antiviral visits), October 2006 to March 2010.

Data are from IMS Health National Disease and Therapeutic Index.

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