The Strategic National Stockpile of antiviral medications will only cover 25% of the population. Moreover, if antivirals are used preventatively, as the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends, additional supplies would be needed.
Antivirals such as Tamiflu are most effective if taken early, within 48 hours of illness onset. The WHO currently has regional stockpiles in place and administers the antiviral drugs to patients as part of its Rapid Response Protocol for human cases of H5N1 avian influenza virus.
"Roche supports the public health community in its goal to distribute as much medicine as possible before a pandemic outbreak," explains McGuire. "Once an outbreak occurs or a pandemic flu starts spreading, it will be impossible to meet immediate and widespread demand for Tamiflu."
"Stockpiling of antivirals is an essential act of preparedness for a potential flu pandemic, but it is one that is a shared responsibility that extends across all levels of government and all segments of society," Deputy Secretary Troy said. "Planning efforts by business and private industry, such as this new Roche stockpiling program, comprise a fundamental part of our nation's efforts to ensure community resilience in a public health emergency. We encourage government, private industry and individuals to take action to prepare."
Roche is a Committed Partner and Resource for Pandemic Preparedness
The introduction of the new corporate purchase program is the most
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