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India Sends Team To Find Trees With Key Tamiflu Ingredient

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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India has appointed a group of scientists to find trees in the country that produce shikimic acid, a major ingredient for Roche's Tamiflu (oseltamivir), one of the two main drugs to treat the A/H1N1 flu virus. Scientists already had identified trees capable of supplying some of the acid needed. The department of biotechnology called for a study of additional sources focused in the eastern Himalayas where rich sources might be found. The amount of government investment in the search was not disclosed. (Click here for more

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