ZURICH Oct 12 Swiss drugmaker Roche ROG.VX is
not concerned that sales of its antiviral drug Tamiflu may fall
as governments complete stockpiling of the medicine, Roche's CEO
Franz Humer was quoted as saying on Friday.
"We had all this anticipated. That was a very welcome phase
where governments were stockpiling Tamiflu in order to cope with
a pandemic, should it arise," Humer told the Financial Times in
"And I think it was very wise of governments to do that.
That period is gradually coming to an end and we will continue
to promote Tamiflu for the normal seasonal flu," Humer told the
Tamiflu, known generically as oseltamivir, was the first
drug to show real efficacy in helping people with the H5N1 avian
flu virus and is now given to anyone diagnosed with the illness.