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Roche Introduces Program to Facilitate Corporate Pandemic Stockpiling of Tamiflu(R)
Date:6/26/2008

sses and multiple levels of government to make Tamiflu more available and accessible to those who may need it in a pandemic. Roche increased global production of Tamiflu more than 15- fold and created a complete supply chain on U.S. soil at the request of HHS. The company has donated more than 5 million treatment courses to the WHO for use as a rapid response at the site of a pandemic outbreak and for its regional stockpiles.

Roche has also sponsored a series of pandemic planning workshops for businesses around the country, creating a forum for multi-sector dialogue. Insights, information and practical tools have been compiled by Roche at http://www.pandemictoolkit.com.

Roche has taken extensive steps to ensure its own business continuity and continued manufacturing of Tamiflu and other life-saving medicines during a pandemic outbreak. Roche has provided Tamiflu to all its employees in the U.S. and globally, along with medical consultation and education about disease prevention and pandemic flu.

To date, Roche U.S. has received inquiries from more than 800 U.S.-based companies, large and small in a variety of industries, with Tamiflu orders from more than 300 companies, in quantities ranging from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands of treatment courses.

For more information, businesses may contact Roche via phone: Pandemic Planning Hotline 888-394-2838, or by e-mail: Nutley.TAMIFLU_Inquiry@Roche.com.

About Tamiflu

Tamiflu, co-developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc., based in Foster City, CA, is indicated for the treatment of uncomplicated influenza caused by viruses types A and B in patients one year and older who have had flu symptoms for no more than two days. Tamiflu is also indicated for the prevention of influenza in patients one year and older. Tamiflu is not a substitute for annual early vaccination as recommended by the CDC.

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