CDC reports shortages of the liquid form of Tamiflu - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/1/09

CDC reports shortages of the liquid form of Tamiflu

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - UMC has confirmed that they are out of the H1N1 vaccine, but that's not the only thing that's tough to get right now. CDC officials are reporting shortages of the liquid form of the antiviral, Tamiflu, which is what they usually use to treat children.  Since Tamiflu is widely available in tablet form, your pharmacist may have to use a little creativity if your child can't swallow a pill.

"Compounding is just like making a recipe, it's like cooking, so basically you're taking Tamiflu as its available in a capsule, and you're mixing it with some syrups and making it into a form that a child can take," said Evangeline Ramsay, a pharmacist at UH Case Medical Center.

Major retail pharmacies, like Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS have already agreed to compound the liquid form of Tamiflu when needed.  However, parents need to be prepared to wait a few hours for that because compounding is not a quick process.

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