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Tamiflu stocks not running out

Published on 17/08/2009
People should not worry that stocks of Tamiflu will run out, according to an expert.

Britain's leading general practitioner, Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said that there are "over 30 million doses" stockpiled and people should not be concerned.

"We are hearing from people, patients and doctors of people who have managed to get Tamiflu out of the flu service … no one will be missing out really," he said.

Professor Field added that the flu service was "not a diagnostic" one and if people are worried that they may have swine flu and are suffering from severe symptoms then they should seek further assistance.

According to the Health Protection Agency website there are still more cases of influenza than usual for this time of year.

However, in the past week there has been a decrease in the number of assessments and antiviral collections.

GP consultation rates in England, Wales and Scotland also decreased, although they were still above the baseline threshold.
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