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Bird Flu Scare Stokes Demand for Medicine

After reading a magazine article on “The Next Killer Flu,” Cindy Gesner felt sick with worry.The Malibu mother of three wondered what would happen to her young boys if a lethal bird-flu pandemic hit. Would there be enough antiviral drugs for them? Or would the limited supply of Tamiflu in the United States run out? She immediately asked her sons’ pediatrician to prescribe some for a family stash.Forget it, the doctor told her, explaining that the bird flu wasn’t an immediate threat.Gesner was reassured — at least until her brother called from the East Coast. “He said, ‘Everyone has it. Go get it.’ “So she did. Gesner is among a growing number of worried well people, as alarmed about avian flu as many were about the anthrax threat four years ago. Back then the drive was to find Cipro, the supposed magic-bullet antibiotic. Full Story

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