I don’t drink milk past its expiration date and I don’t eat rotten food, but something smells fishy at the Food and Drug Administration.
To help combat the H1N1 flu, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is releasing 300,000 doses of the children’s antiviral drug liquid Tamiflu to the states that need it. States will begin receiving those doses next week, Schuchat said. Some of these doses of liquid Tamiflu have an expired expiration date, Schuchat said. “But we want people to know that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended the expiration date of those courses after careful testing,” she explained.http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2009/10/01/28-pregnant-women-have-died-from-swine-flu-cdc.html
The FDA claims that the expired lots of Tamiflu for Oral Suspension are part of the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs for use in public health emergencies like the H1N1 Pandemic. The Tamiflu lots in question have been tested through the federal government’s Shelf-Life Extension Program, (SLEP) said the FDA.
What the heck else has expired in the National Stockpile? Is there any gold in Fort Knox? Is there any oil in the reserves?
Is the government so desperate that it would release expired medicine into the population?
There is also inconsistent dosing instructions blamed for confusion on dosing Tamiflu for children.
“The problem is that the dosing instructions on the Tamiflu labeling does not always coincide with the measurement markings on the plastic syringe included with the drug to deliver the liquid medication, the officials said. For example, Tamiflu Oral Suspension tells users to give children three-fourths of a teaspoon of the medicine twice a day, but the syringe provided is marked in milligrams (not teaspoons), the scientists said. “The authors cite a case that they say is probably happening all over the United States.”
“It’s an egregious error that there is a conflict in the prescription labeling instructions and the dosage device that comes in the exact same box.
An egregious error? Undoubtedly, too much Tamiflu can cause side effects too little renders it useless. While the government has given Swine Flu Vaccine Manufacturers immunity, I doubt Tamiflu is included under that umbrella. And what have they done about it to correct it?
300,000 expired doses of Tamiflu are being distributed with the wrong dosing instructions! Parents administer this product, traditionally not doctors. How many milligrams in a teaspoon?
Where is the due diligence?
As far back as June 2009, The Straits newspaper reported Singapore’s Ministry of Health has sent expired Tamiflu supplies to the general practitioner’s in Singapore. Tamiflu, which comes in boxes of 10 pills each, is the anti-viral drug for the H1N1 flu. According to the report and to my own sources as well, these Tamiflu meds have expiry dates of 2007, and was manufactured in 2003. MOH has added a sticker that says that these meds can be used beyond their shelf life – to 2010 http://www.techgoondu.com/2009/06/25/doctors-given-expired-tamiflu-in-singapore/
‘Tamiflu is not without its side effects…so when that happens we won’t know if it’s because the drugs are expired or because of the side effects,’ he said. (from ST) These pills sat on a shelf in Singapore for SIX YEARS, TWO YEARS after they expired. WHY keep them unless you think you might need them?
Tamiflu for Oral Suspension
|Lot number||Manufacturer’s original expiry date||Date Supported by SLEP Testing|
|B1184||June 30, 2009||May 31, 2011|
|B1185||June 30, 2009||May 31, 2011|
|B1186||June 30, 2009||May 31, 2011|
|B1187||June 30, 2009||May 31, 2011|
|B1042||January 31, 2005||May 31, 2011|
|B1045||May 31, 2005||February 28, 2010|
|B1046||November 30, 2005||February 28, 2010|
|B1047||November 30, 2005||February 28, 2010|
|B1048||January 31, 2006||August 31, 2010|
|B1050||January 31, 2006||August 31, 2010|
|B1051||January 31, 2006||August 31, 2010|
|B1052||January 31, 2006||August 31, 2010|
|B1053||January 31, 2006||August 31, 2010|
|B1054||January 31, 2006||August 31, 2010|
|B1055||January 31, 2006||August 31, 2010|
|B1065||June 30, 2006||August 31, 2010|
|B1082||May 31, 2007||May 31, 2011|
|B1097||June 30, 2007||May 31, 2011|
|B1098||June 30, 2007||May 31, 2011|
|B1188||June 30, 2009||May 31, 2011|
|B1189||June 30, 2009||May 31, 2011|
|B120553||August 8, 2009||October 31, 2011|
|B120650||August 8, 2009||October 31, 2011|
|B1213||November 1, 2009||October 31, 2011|
|B1214||November 1, 2009||October 31, 2011|
|B1216||November 1, 2009||October 31, 2011|
In the U.S., these expired lots sat for FOUR years, collecting dust and now the government of U.S. is giving them to children.
We can not find any site that shows an authenticating testing of these drugs to be safe beyond the expiration date. Take the government’s word for it.
Got to love that transparency thing!
The package insert for Tamiflu is here at http://www.rocheusa.com/products/Tamiflu/PI.pdf OMG.
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