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Hetero to deliver Tamiflu capsules

Amid reports of bird flu cases, Hetero Drugs gets an order from the Centre for an additional 2 lakh capsules of Tamiflu.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 12:33 IST

Amid reports of bird flu cases in India, Hyderabad-based Hetero Drugs said on Saturday it has got an order from the Centre for an additional two lakh capsules of Tamiflu.

"We would be delivering another two lakh capsules in the next three-four days," Director Hetero Drugs Srinivas Reddy said from Hyderabad.

He said the company, which has been granted licence by the government for bulk manufacturing of the drug in Indian market, have "already made available five lakh capsules to it (the government)".

Reddy said the company has Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient of the drug equivalent of one million capsules in stock.

"It would need seven days for the API to be made into capsules, which could then be supplied wherever needed," he said.

Reddy said the company had supplied the avian flu medicine to the government at a rate of Rs 710 per strip of ten capsules.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 18:38 IST