Pharmacists gave warning yesterday that their stocks may not last, with demand in some cases up 1,000 per cent.
Dozens of websites abroad sell the drug, made by Roche, without question or on the basis of a simple online symptom questionnaire which a doctor examines. The Government has enough anti-viral drugs, including Tamiflu, to treat half the population.
However, many people are sufficiently worried by the outbreak of swine flu to seek their own supplies online.
Robert Mackay, of London-based theonlineclinic.co.uk, which sells Tamiflu in packs of 10 for £159.95, said: “It’s gone absolutely mental. Order numbers are up something like 1,000 per cent. Normally, we’d only be selling a couple of courses a week but we’ve had several hundred in the last 24 hours.”
Tom O’Brien, the managing director of Direct Response Marketing Online Pharmacy, based in Jersey, said: “We hadn’t sold any for the past six or seven months but have done 40 large orders overnight and today.”
The West Midlands-based Chemistdirect.co.uk, a registered online pharmacy said that demand for immune-boosting supplements was also up.
Mitesh Soma, the website’s founder, said: “We have seen a 40 per cent increase in sales of products like Berocca and multi-vitamin pills.” Tamiflu should only be available with a prescription, like the other anti-viral drug Relenza. They treat the symptoms of flu and reduce the severity and length of the illness.
|Tamiflu (Oseltamivir Phosphate) – is an oral anti-viral drug for the treatment of uncomplicated influenza in patients one year and older whose flu symptoms have not lasted more than two days. This product is approved to treat Type A and B influenza; however, the majority of patients included in the studies were infected with type A, the most common in the U.S. Efficacy of Tamiflu in the treatment of influenza in subjects with chronic cardiac disease and/or respiratory disease has not been established.|
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