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September 26, 2005

Bird-flu drug supplies cleaned out

Via the New Zealand Herald: Bird-flu drug supplies cleaned out.

The anti-viral drug Tamiflu is regarded as the best hope against any epidemic. The World Health Organisation has recommended Governments stockpile supplies for essential workers and the New Zealand Government has committed $26 million to buying 850,000 doses of Tamiflu.

At most, this is only enough for about one in five people and more and more New Zealanders are opting to buy their own for about $75.

Manufacturer Roche admits it is unable to keep up with demand.

New supplies arrived in the South Island on Wednesday but stocks nationwide were exhausted by Friday.

Posted by dymaxion at September 26, 2005 06:28 PM

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