Swine Flu Treatment Stockpiles Released by CDC/DHS (RHHBY, GSK)
With the swine flu epidemic from Mexico spreading to the U.S. (and maybe beyond), a new media advisory is confirming that the drugs Tamiflu by Roche (OTC: RHHBY) and Relenza by GlaxoSmithkline (NYSE: GSK) are being released to combat the swine flu. No exact numbers were mentioned of how many of each of the doses in the total stockpile of 50 million doses, but Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a White House briefing that the government is releasing 25% of the 50 million total stockpiled doses to treat the outbreak.
The cases in each state were listed at 12:45 EST as follows: California has 7 cases, Kansas has 2 cases, New York City has 8 cases, Ohio has 1 reported case, and Texas has 2 reported cases. These numbers are from earlier and obviously if this is any epidemic or is much more widespread then those numbers will grow. This is on the heels of some 1,300 suspected cases in Mexico and even New Zealand has said it is “likely” that 10 students who were recently in Mexico have swine flu.
JON C. OGG