India's CDSCO moves to expand access to Tamiflu as H1N1 flu spreads

SINGAPORE--India's CDSCO has requested local regulators to update a 2009 list of the names of pharmacies that are licensed to sell, stock or distribute oseltamivir phosphate (Tamiflu) in India in an effort to facilitate access to medications to combat swine flu (H1N1).

Swine flu cases now exceed 11,000 nationwide in India, with more than 700 deaths reported. In New Delhi, the government has licensed 40 new drug stores to sell Tamiflu tablets, as the number of H1N1 cases nears 2,000 with more than 6 deaths.

The move comes after a threat to close pharmacies that failed to stock adequate Tamiflu supplies.

- read the CDSCO release