CDC sends expired bottles of liquid Tamiflu to Texas - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/2/09

CDC sends expired bottles of liquid Tamiflu to Texas

By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Young children need liquid medication and when they can't swallow tablets.  So what do you do when the maker of Tamiflu says it is sold out of liquid doses? 

The CDC has taken an unusual step to fix the problem and announced today it is releasing to Texas 22,000 expired bottles of liquid Tamiflu. The FDA insists that even though it's expired, they've tested it again and it is safe and effective. 

 Health officials will tell you that expired medications in general are not harmful. The risk is that the longer that they're expired, the more they lose their punch and just don't work as well. In this case, the CDC says expired Tamiflu is safer for kids than no treatment at all.

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