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Toronto officials approve antivirals for city workers

April 29, 2008
by Lisa Schnirring
CIDRAP News

Though federal and state governments are the groups that typically fund and manage antiviral stockpiles, some major cities are organizing their own stockpiles. Terence Hurley, a spokesman for Roche, the maker of Tamiflu, pointed out that a US federal plan to subsidize state antiviral purchases contains a mechanism for some localities—Chicago, Los Angeles County, and New York City—to purchase the drug with federal support. According to a December 2007 report from Trust for America's Health (TFAH), Chicago has purchased 67% of its federal subsidy (301,238 courses), Los Angeles County, 100% (1,036,444 courses), and New York City, 0% (only 30 courses).

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