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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

India mulling open market sale of anti-Swine Flu drug

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 07 Aug ( As Indian Parliament ended its month long budget session the Manmohan Singh government assured the lawmakers of its determination to control the spread of swine flu in the country.

The government is also mulling open market sale of anti-swine flu drug, Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) as there is a sudden surge in the number cases. The drug is presently available in government run hospitals.

‘So far, we have not allowed Tamilflu to be sold in the retail market. In the next two-three days, we are going to review again. If there was a need for open sale of the medicine, it will be done’, the health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told the House of Elders.

At present, the government has a ready stock of one crore Tamiflu doses ready. One swine flu test costs Rs 10,000; it is being done free of cost in 19 laboratories across the country.

Allaying fears of the common man about the disease, Azad said people must trust the medicine which has worldwide recognition. Out of around 600 identified cases, 470 have been discharged after medication.

He stated that the state governments have been asked to increase the designated hospitals for treatment besides allowing private hospitals to treat patients and setting up hiplines to provide information.

-Asian Tribune -

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