Tamiflu supply stretched thin, but still available in Abilene
ABILENE, Texas - During this record flu season, the supply of Tamiflu in Abilene appears to be mostly sufficient.
While the drug is widely available in capsule form, Tamiflu suspension (a flavored liquid for children) is harder to find. Despite that, the Centers for Disease Control says many pharmacies have the ability to make a liquid form of the drug from the capsules.
The low supply of the liquid form may not be due to more children needing the drug. In past flu seasons, the drug's manufacturer , Roche, made only limited supplies of the liquid.
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the approved use of Tamiflu to treat children as young as 2 weeks old, who have shown flu symptoms for two days or less.
The drug is not approved to prevent flu infection in children of this age group.
The CDC also tells parents how they can convert capsules to a liquid version for children at this link http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/antivirals/mixing_tamiflu_qa.htm .
KTXS called the following pharmacies to see how their supply of the drug is.
As of late Monday morning:
CVS -N. Judge Ely Blvd., Capsules available, liquid not available
CVS -N. Willis St., Both capsules and liquid available
CVS -Buffalo Gap Rd., 2 boxes of capsules remaining, liquid not available
Walgreens - N. Judge Ely Blvd., Both capsules and liquid available
Walgreens- N. Willis St., Capsules and a "couple of remaining" bottled of liquid available
Walgreens- S. 14th St., Both capsules and liquid available
Walgreens- Buffalo Gap Rd., Both capsules and limited supply of liquid in stock
Walmart - Southwest Drive., Capsules available, liquid not available
Walmart- Hwy. 351., All Tamiflu currently out of stock
James McCoy's Drug Store -Antilley Rd., Capsules available, limited supply of liquid selling fast
McCoy's Drug Store - N. Judge Ely Blvd., both capsules and liquid available