Navigation Links
Roche confirms Tamiflu production talks in US

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche confirmed that it is in talks with 15 companies in the U.S. about stepping up the production of Tamiflu, the bird-flu drug//.

The partnership would dramatically increase the world's supply of Tamiflu as countries are stockpiling the drug in preparation for a possible bird flu pandemic.

The Basel-based firm confirmed on Thursday that it was in talks with Teva Pharmaceuticals and Mylan Laboratories, but declined to provide the names of any other companies.

"Roche is in advanced discussions with potential partners that can help enhance its supply chain and add capacity for certain specialized steps in the manufacturing of Tamiflu," the company said in a statement.

It added that it was "moving ahead as planned with third-party discussions" and would publish further details at a later date.

Increasing supply

The statement came after US Senator Charles Schumer said, "the purpose is not to break the patent on Tamiflu, but rather to meet an emergency need for quantities of this drug that Roche itself simply cannot do alone."

"Roche has made the right decision," Schumer said. "Instead of closely holding their patent rights and production techniques, in the face of a global health risk, they've moved swiftly to partner with multiple companies to dramatically increase production of this potentially life-saving drug."

The drug is in short supply in many parts of the world because of the fear of bird flu, a form of influenza that has been contracted by humans who have had close contact with infected poultry.

Tamiflu is one of four drugs known to work against influenza. It does not cure the virus but can reduce the severity of infection. Doctors believe it may help control a pandemic of H5N1 avian influenza, although evidence suggests it may be less effective than it is against seasonal influenza.

The drug, invented by California-based Gilead Sciences Inc., is in short supply. Countries are seeking to stockpile it but all are many million doses short of what would be needed to treat a pandemic of any sort of influenza, if there is one.

Last month Roche said Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines were free to begin making their own versions of the drug because it does not have patent protection in these countries.

Related medicine news :

1. FDA Imposes New Restrictions On Roches Accutane
2. Roche offers HIV drug expertise to poor nations
3. Roche Commits More Antiviral Pills To Asia For Bird Flu
4. Distinguished Scientist Award Conferred on University of Rochester Scientists for Work on Preventing Cavities
5. Roche Rolls Out Lung Cancer Drug In India
6. New Lung Cancer Drug Launched By Roche Pharmaceutical
7. Roche Calls For Re-Examination Of Tarceva Data By EU Authorities
8. Roche puts in an Application to Use Herceptin for Treatment in Her-2 positive breast cancer
9. NICE Gives the Final ‘NO’ to Roche’s Tarcva
10. SARS research confirms link to animals
11. Irritable bowel syndrome associated with food intake, confirms blood test
Post Your Comments:

(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice ... "Film editors can give their videos a whole new perspective by using the ... of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to ... Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to ... fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Oklahoma (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... both athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures ... Oklahoma City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to perform the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell Observance Day. In an effort to ... treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, Michigan, has issued a pain management ... (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood cells, which can cause episodes of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited ... To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. ... highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Consumers have ... and regulators/payers have placed more emphasis on patient ... patient support programs in the pharmaceutical industry have ... medications. Consequently, pharmaceutical companies are focusing on becoming ... are providing products and services that improve health. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... CAMBRIDGE, Mass. , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network,s Dean Center for ... of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, MIT Hacking Medicine, ... Center for Innovation, today announced the five finalists ... Hackathon for Lyme disease.  More than 100 scientists, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 The Academy of ... recommendations that would allow biopharmaceutical companies to ... entities that make formulary and coverage decisions, a move ... of new medicines. The recommendations address restrictions ... appear on the drug label, a prohibition that hinders ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: