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The Biden administration is releasing a prescription flu medication through the strategic national stockpile amid an early spread of multiple respiratory illnesses this winter.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Wednesday that Tamiflu will be made available to states, territories, and tribes “to respond to an increased demand for the antiviral during this flu season, including through the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).”
Tamiflu, also referred to as oseltamivir phosphate, is an antiviral that is used to treat and prevent flu viruses by stopping them from multiplying. It comes in liquid and capsule forms and is available via prescription by a healthcare provider. The drug was previously reserved in stockpiles across the nation in preparation for a future pandemic flu.
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