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Monitor Tamiflu sale, import: drug controller

Monitor Tamiflu sale, import: drug controller
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First Published: Wed, May 20 2009. 11 35 PM IST
Updated: Wed, May 20 2009. 11 35 PM IST
New Delhi: The drugs controller general of India has written to all port offices and zonal and state offices under the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization asking them to keep a tight vigil on the import and sale of antiviral oseltamivir phosphate (which has the brand name Tamiflu), the drug that is used in the treatment of the A/H1N1 flu, commonly called the swine flu. Swine flu has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
The move is part of the Central government’s attempts to make sure that oseltamivir, which is banned from retail sale, is not sold in the market.
The regulator has also asked zonal and state officials to conduct random visits to retailers, chemists and pharmacies to ensure the drug is not being sold.
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First Published: Wed, May 20 2009. 11 35 PM IST