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Roche to Help Generic Companies Increase Flu Drug Production

October 21, 2005
by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
Los Angeles Times

The maker of the antiviral pill Tamiflu has agreed to help U.S. generic manufacturers increase production of the drug, which is in short supply because of fears of a worldwide bird flu epidemic, lawmakers said today. ...Even with generic drug makers pitching in, it could take a year to ramp up U.S. production, said Kim Elliott, deputy director of the Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit public health organization. "It's not something that you can just turn on and Tamiflu pills will start popping out," said Elliott.

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