Antiviral Stockpiles

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asked states to stockpile one-third of the antiviral medications the nation would need to respond to a flu pandemic. Federal stockpiles are designed to combine with the state's supply to treat up to 25 percent of the population in a crisis. Antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu and Relenza, can slow the current virus but are not a cure for it. Fifteen states purchased less than 50 percent of the amount recommended by the federal government.

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