Pharmacies hit by Tamiflu shortage

A major shortage of Tamiflu has hit NSW as parts of the state grapple with flu outbreaks.

Wholesaler Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) has confirmed it is out of stock in NSW for all four Tamiflu lines after sales of the antiviral doubled in the past week.

A spokesperson said the company had placed an order with Roche, but it was unclear when the drug would be available. 

NSW Health says flu cases in the area are steadily rising, with AH3N2 the dominant strain.

Pharmacy News was alerted to the problem by a concerned pharmacist in Chatswood, a major commercial and residential hub in Sydney northern suburbs.

The pharmacist, who does not want to be named, says he has run out of all four lines of Tamiflu,