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Taiwan To Double Stockpile Of Tamiflu, Relax Regs For Flu Drugs

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Taiwan health authorities decided to increase the nation's supply of Roche's Tamiflu (oseltamivir) - enough to treat 7 million against the H1N1 flu virus. A stockpile that size would be enough to treat about 30 percent of Taiwan's population, beyond the current supply able to treat 14 percent. The flu-prevention task force also decided to relax some regulations to allow expanded use of the antiviral as the peak season for the flu neared Taiwan. The country also has a stockpile of shikimic acid, the active pharmaceutical ingredient in Tamiflu, enough to cover 4 percent. (Click here for more

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