Nine persons died of swine flu on Friday as 283 fresh cases of the viral infection were detected across the country.
A suspected swine flu patient, who was an inmate of Yeravada Central Jail near Pune, also died in a government hospital leading to scare and use of disinfectants in the prison premises. His tests results are yet to come.
Out of the nine deaths, four were reported from Maharashtra, three from Karnataka and two from Andhra Pradesh.
With the four deaths, the swine flu toll in Maharashtra has risen to 112 topping the list of 277 deaths after the outbreak of the disease.
Delhi topped the list of those afflicted with the disease on Friday with 103 cases followed by Andhra Pradesh with 43 cases and Tamil Nadu 34.
Meanwhile, Hyderabad-based Pharma company today launched an anti-swine flu drug, which will be available to only those pharmacies which have Schedule X license.
The drug called 'Natflu' similar to Tamiflu will be supplied by Hyderabad-based Natco Pharma Limited across the country through licensed retail pharma outlets.