‘Suf­fi­cient stock of swine flu drug in phar­ma­cies and govt hos­pi­tals’

Oseltamivir, sold un­der brand name Tam­i­flu, is medicine of choice for treat­ment of H1N1

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU -

OSELTAMIVIR, the drug of choice for treat­ment and chemo­pro­phy­laxis of swine flu or H1N1, has been stocked in over 10,000 pri­vate med­i­cal shops from Fri­day and also suf­fi­cient drugs are avail­able in all govern­ment hos­pi­tals, said K Siv­a­balan, Di­rec­tor of Drugs Con­trol.

Speak­ing to press on Fri­day, Siv­a­balan said, “The Health de­part­ment in­structed to make sure that there are ad­e­quate stocks of Oseltamivir drugs avail­able in all phar­ma­cies across the State. So, we in­structed the pri­vate med­i­cal shop-own­ers to stock enough drugs. Also, the drug is avail­able in all govern­ment hos­pi­tals free of cost,” he added.

Oseltamivir is sold un­der brand name Tam­i­flu. It is an an­tivi­ral med­i­ca­tion used to treat and pre­vent in­fluenza A and In­fluenza B. Swine flu is caused by In­fluenza A Virus (H1N1).

Siv­a­balan also held a meet­ing on the DMS cam­pus with the Tamil Nadu Chemists and Drug­gists As­so­ci­a­tion and drug in­spec­tors from Chen­nai, Tiru­val­lur and Kancheep­u­ram dis­tricts and in­structed them to en­sure avail­abil­ity of drugs.

How­ever, phar­ma­cists in Chen­nai said the de­mand for Oseltamivir has come down af­ter the drug was made avail­able in all shops,” In Oc­to­ber there was a de­mand in our shop be­cause many phar­ma­cies did not stock the drugs. But, now in a week, we could sell a max­i­mum of 10-15 strips. This is also be­cause the drug is avail­able in all stores,” said T Nataraj, sec­re­tary,Chemists and Drug­gists As­so­ci­a­tion, Chen­nai, who runs a med­i­cal shop at Ad­yar.

The gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Tamil Nadu Chemists and Drug­gists As­so­ci­a­tion, K K Sel­van, who runs a med­i­cal shop in Salem, said, “We could sell only two to three strips of Oseltamivir for 15 days or so at our shop in Salem. This was the case at most of our mem­ber phar­ma­cists in the district,” he added.

The phar­ma­cists said the drug costs `500 to `600 at pri­vate med­i­cal shops and it is avail­able free of cost in all govern­ment hos­pi­tals. “Also, we give only if there is a med­i­cal pre­scrip­tion from the doc­tors,” said Sel­van.

Mean­while, Siv­a­balan said the con­tact num­bers of drug in­spec­tors of all dis­tricts were avail­able at the Tamil Nadu Drugs Con­trol De­part­ment web­site’s home page link www.drugscon­trol.tn.gov.in and also Tamil Nadu Chemists and Drug­gists As­so­ci­a­tion web­site www.tncda.com .

In case Oseltamivir drug is not avail­able in any area, peo­ple can con­tact drug in­spec­tors and ask them to make ar­range­ments

Di­rec­tor of Drugs Con­trol

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