With fears of a possible avian flu pandemic growing, experts say that government planning for flu drugs is inadequate. Drug experts say they don't know what effect Tamiflu--one of the only drugs known to work on H5N1--will have in fighting a mutated virus. In addition, Roche said it needs 12 to 15 months to deliver a new order of Tamiflu. And if European countries proceed with plans to inoculate 20 percent to 40 percent of their populations, the likelihood that an even more dangerous, drug-resistant flu strain could develop increases.
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PLUS: This year's sales of Tamiflu are likely to surge to SFR1.1 billion to SFR1.2 billion, according to Roche. Report