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Swine flu drug stock has expired, says health dept

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, August 06, 2014
First Published: 16:29 IST(6/8/2014) | Last Updated: 17:45 IST(6/8/2014)

The stock of Tami flu drug for treatment of swine flu has expired and authorities are yet to procure the fresh stock. The delivery of new stock of Tami flu (75 mg) used to treat adult swine flu patients is still uncertain.

According to health department officials, the incidence of swine flu has reduced in Madhya Pradesh because of which union ministry has refused to supply Tami flu. Acting on the decision, the state health department has written to all the districts to procure Tami flu medicine as their own level.

"We are planning to get the stock of Tami flu drugs from Indore. Probably the new stock will reach soon but in case of urgency Tami flu 30 mg and 45 mg will be provided to the patient. Combination of these two tablets will work same as 75 mg tablet," he said. "The only difference would be the patient has to take two tablets twice a day," said chief medical and health officer (CMHO), Bhopal Dr Pankaj Shukla.

According to sources, the health department has asked CMHOs to purchase Tami flu drugs by floating tenders by their own but the CMHOs were facing trouble as there is only one pharmaceutical company in the state which supplies Tami flu.

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