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2009-2010 Influenza Season: Update for Pharmacists

September 30, 2009, 1:45 PM ET

On September 22, 2009, CDC first issued Information for Pharmacists providing:

  1. Background information on influenza activity to date in the United States and information on how increased and possibly severe and prolonged activity this season may affect pharmacists;
  2. An update on antiviral drug supplies;
  3. Information about compounding an oral suspension from Tamiflu® 75mg capsules if commercially manufactured oral suspension formulation is not readily available and the ingredients needed to compound; and,
  4. Information about the oral dosing dispenser provided with certain formulations of Tamiflu® oral suspension.

This document contains updated information:

Supply of Ingredients Needed to Compound Tamiflu

  • Tamiflu® capsules 75 mg may be compounded using either of two vehicles: Cherry Syrup (Humco®) or Ora-Sweet® SF (sugar-free) (Paddock Laboratories).
  • As of September 29, 2009, these products may be in short supply in some locations if there is increased use in compounding of an oral suspension from Tamiflu 75mg capsules.
  • Additional information regarding the supply of these products is posted at the FDA website.
  • Paddock Laboratories reports that they have increased production of Ora-Sweet® SF and they are releasing new production daily to customers.
  • Humco® reports that they have increased production of Cherry Syrup and that they are releasing new production weekly to wholesalers. If pharmacists are having difficulty obtaining Humco® Cherry Syrup, they may contact Humco® directly to locate supplies at 1-800-662-3435.
  • CDC will provide additional information and updates as needed.
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