Tamiflu sales boost Roche profits.

Friday, July 24th, 2009

 The New York Times (7/24, Pollack) reports that “sales of the drug Tamiflu [oseltamivir phosphate] have skyrocketed since the outbreak of swine flu in April, bolstering the profits of the drug’s maker, Roche.” The company “said Thursday that sales of Tamiflu in the first half of 2009 tripled to 1 billion Swiss francs ($931 million), […]

Roche exploring ways to offer Tamiflu over longer periods, at higher doses.

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Source: DIA Daily  The Financial Times (7/13, Jack) reports that “Roche, the Swiss pharmaceutical group, is exploring ways to offer its flu treatment Tamiflu [oseltamivir] over longer periods and at higher doses, a tactic that could further boost sales of the…antiviral medicine.” According to “David Reddy, the executive responsible for the drug…the company was starting […]

Roche to provide Tamiflu to developing countries at a reduced price.

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

 Dow Jones Newswires (7/2, Mengewein) reports, “Roche Holding AG said Wednesday it will provide easy access to the viral drug Tamiflu [oseltamivir] for developing economies, at about half the price normally charged, in a move which will significantly hit its profits in those countries.” Company spokeswoman Martina Rupp said it “will sell a pack of […]

Is Tamiflu ‘better’ than Relenza?

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

I can find no clinical evidence that Roche’s Tamiflu is more effective than GlaxoSmithKline’s less-prescribed Relenza against Type A influenza like H1N1 and H5N1. I have found abundant evidence, however, that Switzerland-based Roche has run marketing circles around U.K.-based GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) by emphasizing the convenience of swallowing a Tamiflu capsule over the hassle of inhaling […]

Tamiflu: a beginner’s guide

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

With schools closing and more cases of swine flu daily, how effective is the antiviral drug and how do you use it? Source: TimesOnline.co.uk What does it do? Tamiflu, and the less talked-about Relenza, are antiviral drugs. They slow down the rate at which viruses infect cells in your body and, therefore, how fast they […]

Tamiflu: When should you take it?

Friday, May 1st, 2009

One of the most popular ways to battle swine flu is Tamiflu, but taking the drug too soon could have dangerous long-term consequences.  Ever since swine flu appeared in the United States, pharmacists across the city can’t fill prescriptions for the antiviral drug fast enough. “A lot of people are concerned because there is not […]