Friday, December 27, 2013

Shortage in flu medication worries pharmacists

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "We can't find the regular adult dose anywhere right now," Dr. Ray Turnage explained.

Turnage is one of many pharmacists dealing with a shortage of Tamiflu. He said, "There's only one manufacturer for that drug and nationwide all the wholesalers are saying it's a manufacture delay."
Tamiflu is the only medication on the market used to treat the flu and with a shortage in the drug, it could create problems for patients needing it. "Probably the demand is exceeding their supply. So that's the problem is we can't even get adult doses right now," Turnage continued.

Although there have been very minimal cases of the flu this year in Little Rock, with 3 to 4 months left in the flu season, that could change pretty quickly. If it does, Tamiflu in stock could disappear. Turnage said, "That's part of the situation is a few families can, if they can find it, can take all that the pharmacy may have."

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