Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug
Administration, told reporters during the conference call that some
areas of the country are experiencing shortages of liquid Tamiflu,
shortages that may persist for the remainder of the flu season. The
liquid formulation is most often given to children.
Because of these shortages, Hamburg reported that Tamiflu-maker
Genenetech has received permission to release 2 million more units of
Tamiflu pills, which pharmacists can then use to create liquid
formulations for children. She said the FDA will continue to update the
public on antiviral supply through its website.
The CDC and FDA also reported spot shortages of vaccines during
Friday's conference call. Companies that provide the vaccine were
projected to give out 135 million doses of vaccine for this flu season,
and to date 129 million doses have been distributed. Hamburg said
another 10 million doses will be distributed, raising the total to 145
million flu vaccines; however, some formulations of the vaccine may be
harder to come by. Doctors will be able to order more flu vaccines, she
said, and people looking for shots should use the interactive map on
Flu.gov to find available doses.
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