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Australia Move To Extend Shelf Life Of Tamiflu Draws Opposition

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Australia's decision to allow drug makers to sell expired doses of antivirals such as Roche's Tamiflu (oseltamivir) during the H1N1 flu crisis is drawing political opposition. With supplies of flu antivirals dwindling in Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Administration approved the extension of the shelf-life of Tamiflu after being assured by Roche the drug is safe and effective for two years longer the expiration date indicates. But the opposition party in Parliament noted the drugs already had been returned to Roche and said the government would end up paying for them twice if it now buys back the expired doses. (Click here for more

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