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2009-09-24 06:20:00

In a flux of news regarding flu vaccine production and availability, the makers of Tamiflu have alerted doctors that there is a shortage of the children's version of the drug, which serves as the first-line treatment for both swine flu and seasonal flu. Doctors and pharmacists were given a heads up about the shortage of the liquid version of Tamiflu for kids and were instructed on how to handle prescriptions meanwhile, reported the associated press. Ever since the swine flu first came on the...

2009-08-11 08:52:36

Children with mild cases of swine flu should not be given Tamiflu, British researchers said in calling on the government to reconsider its pandemic strategy. Tamiflu, an anti-viral drug, can cause serious vomiting, dehydration and respiration problems in some children, researchers at the University of Oxford said in a study published Monday. Families of children with compromised immune systems and conditions such as cystic fibrosis should discuss with their doctors the pros and cons of taking...

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2009-07-23 12:52:13

Sales of Tamiflu, the swine flu vaccine, soared 203 percent in the first six months of 2009, according to Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, which contributed to 9 percent of the growth in overall sales for the group. In the first half of the year, sales of the drug reached $938 million during a state that the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the flu a pandemic. Roche said that sales to governments and corporations, which were stockpiling the drug, reached $611 million during the...

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2009-07-03 11:55:00

On Thursday, the U.S. government said it is giving 420,000 treatment courses of Tamiflu to the Pan-American Health Organization in an attempt to fight the swine flu in Latin American and the Caribbean.The U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) said that treating and preventing the H1N1 virus would help secure the region, as well as the U.S.HHS bought 50 million courses of antiviral drugs, including Roche AG's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline's Relenza.The department released 11 million...

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2009-02-04 14:01:09

Roche, a Swiss pharmaceutical company, said Wednesday, that about 220 million doses of Tamiflu, the vaccine against bird flu, are in the hands of governments worldwide. "There are 220 million treatments in the hand of governments for a first line treatment," Williams Burns, head of Roche's pharmaceutical division, said at a news conference. According to Burns, the quantity of Tamiflu held by the government is a "modest level of preparedness" given that the world population stands at over six...

2006-03-17 09:36:02

In ZURICH item of March 16 headlined "Roche aims for 400 mln Tamiflu doses by end 2006" please read in paragraph 13 ... another Chinese company, HEC Group ... instead of ... another Chinese company, Hangzhou Electrochemical Group Ltd. ... A corrected version follows. By Tom Armitage ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drug maker Roche is boosting output of its flu drug, Tamiflu, by a third to meet increased demand from governments building stockpiles for a potential pandemic triggered by...

2006-01-31 02:15:00

ZURICH -- Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG has received approval in the European Union for its Tamiflu treatment to be used to prevent influenza in children aged from one to 12 years, the firm said on Tuesday. Tamiflu, which is also being stockpiled by governments to ward off a bird flu pandemic, is approved in Europe, Japan and the United States as a prescription treatment for seasonal flu. The EU approval, which follows a similar regulatory nod from U.S. authorities in December, allows the...

2005-12-21 14:10:00

By Tom Armitage ZURICH -- The little white bottle claims to hold 75 milligrams of oseltamivir phosphate -- the generic name for the flu drug Tamiflu. But consumers hoping their purchases over the Internet will help them survive a possible bird flu outbreak are being warned that rather than Tamiflu they might simply be buying vitamin C. U.S. authorities this week seized 51 packages of counterfeit Tamiflu, a treatment for flu made by Roche Holding AG that governments have stockpiled to ward off...

2005-11-14 11:38:24

ZURICH (Reuters) - Drug maker Roche Holding AG said on Monday there was no greater incidence of abnormal behavior associated with taking its anti-flu drug Tamiflu than was generally seen in untreated flu patients. Earlier, Chugai Pharmaceutical Co, the Japanese distributor of the flu drug, told the Japanese government that two teenage boys had shown abnormal behavior that led to their deaths after taking the drug. "We do not see an imbalance in these types of neuropsychiatric events...

2005-10-18 09:45:54

LONDON (Reuters) - Internet auction site eBay pulled the sale of Roche Holding AG's flu drug Tamiflu from its Web site on Tuesday, after prices topped 100 pounds ($174) on growing fears about the spread of bird flu. A spokeswoman for eBay said the auction on its British site had been stopped because the sale of prescription drugs was not allowed under the company's rules. "The Tamiflu listings on eBay.co.uk were removed from the site as soon as we became aware of them. We do not...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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