While her husband told the Wall Street Journal that she redeemed the recipe of the day when she refused to redeem the drug and then she started taking the drug. Heather Holland, 38, died three days later on February 4.
Doctors told The Associated Press that despite actually taking antiviral medication as soon as possible, there is no guarantee that one's condition will not get worse.
Antiviral drugs do not "eliminate altogether, but only reduces the likelihood of "complications," says Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee who adds, "antiviral drugs are not magic pills."
Frank Holland of Willow Park, west of Fort Worth, told the newspaper that his wife, a teacher second grade, went home a little bit unwell on January 29th. The mother of two went to work in nearby Weatherford on January 30 and her afternoon had a fever.
She went to the doctor on 31 January. Frank Holland says a flu rapid test shows symptoms of influenza B. Doctors write prescriptions of oseltamivir phosphate, an antiviral generic drug for Tamiflu.
Frank Holland told the Wall Street Journal they have treatment funds, but he objected to spending money to redeem the recipe.
She went to a Fort Worth hospital on Feb. 2. An antiviral drug – when taken within 48 hours after falling ill – can alleviate symptoms, shorten the sick time of a person by about one day and suppressing complications.
"There are people who do not face problems, whether they get Tamiflu treatment or not. There are people who have problems, whether to get Tamiflu treatment or not. And there are people who are in the middle segment of the population where Tamiflu will take them in a better direction, "said Dr. Luis Ostrosky, an infectious disease specialist at McGovern Medical School at UT Health and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Dr. Trish Perl, head of the infectious diseases section at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said "in certain cases it may be beneficial" to administer antiviral drugs to patients even after a 48-hour disease.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said anti-flu injections are the best way to prevent seasonal flu. Frank Holland says he can not remember if his wife has been getting an antiflu shot this season. In general, he said they were both "pretty healthy." [ww]