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August 15, 2005

Tamiflu monopoly "bordering on the immoral"

A site called Interactive Investor quotes the Philippines' health minister Francisco Duque as saying that Roche's production monopoly of Tamiflu "borders on the immoral."

"What is also crucial at this point is for the WHO (World Health Organization) and its member states to bond together and exact some kind of pressure to make sure that not just one drug manufacturer is going to produce the anti-viral," Duque told reporters after the meeting.

The WHO's Thailand representative, William Aldis, said urgent discussions with Roche are underway, aimed at maximizing production of the drug.

"I think everyone including WHO is concerned at the limited supply of oseltamivir," he said.

Posted by dymaxion at August 15, 2005 09:04 PM

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