Tamiflu Shortage In Houston? Doyle’s Compounding Pharmacy Can Help

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Tamiflu Shortage

The flu season is upon us, and according to the CDC’s Flu View Tracker there is widespread flu activity across Texas.

At Doyle’s Pharmacy, here in Houston, we have seen an increased demand for Tamiflu, a prescription medication that is approved to treat the flu (influenza).

For adults, the Tamiflu capsules are readily available, there does not seem to be a problem with supply. However, there have been reports of occasional shortages of Tamiflu in a liquid form.

The liquid form is generally prescribed for children, and for adults unable to swallow capsules.

Doyle’s Pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy, and we are able to compound the oral suspension of Tamiflu; providing you the medication that you need even when the liquid form is in short supply.

ABC 13 interviewed our compounding pharmacist, George Handal about the Tamiflu shortage and how Doyle’s Pharmacy is compounding the medication to make it available, when the manufacturer is unable to supply.

“The manufacturer encourages pharmacies to use Tamiflu capsules to compound the liquid form of the medication, when they are unable to supply it”.

“The capsules seem to be more available than the liquid. We can always get the capsules, ” George Handal told ABC 13. “I have frequently compounded the suspension when necessary.”

You can watch the full interview in the video above.

Tamiflu can help with flu symptoms and shorten the time you are sick if the medication is started early, within 2 days of start of symptoms. It must be taken for the full course, usually 5 days.

The CDC reports that the flu season in the northern hemisphere can start as early as October, and generally peaks in January, but seems to be lasting longer this year.

Our pharmacists are always available to answer your questions about the flu or treatments for the flu.

Remember, you can and you should treat the symptoms of the flu with cough suppressants, decongestants, and fever reducers. But, you should also know that with the flu, antibiotics are not the answer.

Get well soon.

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