Children's Tamiflu Still in Short Supply
Converting Capsules to Liquid Is Safe
To convert the capsules to liquid, a pharmacist mixes the capsule's contents with a sweetened suspension, says Mike DeAngelis, spokesman for CVS Pharmacy.
His pharmacies report a continuing shortage of Tamiflu liquid, he says, but not the adult capsules.
"It is important to note that the liquid compounding is a practice commonly performed at community pharmacies," he says.
"It is not related to sterile compounding practices that are performed at specialty pharmacies and were involved in last year's meningitis outbreak," he says.
In that outbreak, tainted steroid injections made at a New England compounding pharmacy were linked to more than 700 cases of fungal meningitis and other infections, and 47 deaths, according to the CDC.
This Year's Flu Season
Flu cases may now have peaked, according to the CDC. Even so, the CDC expects flu activity to continue for some time.
During the week ending Feb. 9, flu activity remained high but decreased in most areas, according to the CDC.
Since Oct. 1, 2012, nearly 9,000 lab-confirmed flu-related hospitalizations have been reported, the CDC says.
This season's vaccine is lessening the risk of having the flu by about 60%, the CDC estimates.
It's not too late to get vaccinated, the CDC says. It recommends the flu vaccine as long as the viruses are still circulating.