Precautions in the Use of Ribavirin at the Children's Hospital

James C. Fackler, Karen Flannery, Maureen Zipkin, Kenneth McIntosh

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To the Editor: Ribavirin therapy for infections with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is increasingly controversial.1,2 Important concerns have been raised about its efficacy.3 4 5 Even the suggestion that ribavirin is efficacious under certain circumstances6 has been challenged.7 Although ribavirin can be safely administered through a ventilator,8 there is more doubt about its efficacy when administered through an endotracheal tube than when administered as an open aerosol, and endotracheal-tube administration is not recommended.9 The controversy has been fueled by recent data suggesting that ribavirin may pose a risk to health care workers.10,11 Ribavirin administration at the Children's Hospital has for several years…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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