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Tamiflu off prescription from tomorrow. Move designed to make pandemic easier to handle. There is good news for those who are unlucky enough to have already caught the swine flu. Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, the new Minister of Health and Care, has decided to make both Tamiflu and Relenza available in pharmacies nationwide without a prescription.Simpler Whilst the move is mainly designed to ensure easy access for those who need medicine, Strøm-Erichsen tells Aftenposten that she hopes it will ease the pressure on council health services.

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Tamiflu off prescription from tomorrow

Published on Wednesday, 4th November, 2009 at 15:32 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Move designed to make pandemic easier to handle.

Norwegian pharmacy in Voss
Norwegian pharmacy in Voss
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There is good news for those who are unlucky enough to have already caught the swine flu. Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, the new Minister of Health and Care, has decided to make both Tamiflu and Relenza available in pharmacies nationwide without a prescription.

Simpler

Whilst the move is mainly designed to ensure easy access for those who need medicine, Strøm-Erichsen tells Aftenposten that she hopes it will ease the pressure on council health services.

There will still be some controls, though. Whoever buys the drugs – albeit a friend or relation, if the patient is too ill to come themselves – will have to fill in a form with their Norwegian National Insurance/Social Security number, amongst other things, as well as the weight of any child under 40kgs if the medicine is for them.

A pharmacist will then give them advice and information about how the medication should be administered as well as its effects.

Asked if she fears that the measure could be abused by people who just want to stock up, Strøm-Erichsen replies that

““It’s based on trust, that’s why people have to fill out the form.”

Inadequate

But Torunn Janbu, president of the Norwegian Doctor’s Association, thinks the initiative doesn’t go far enough, calling on the authorities to expand it to include doctors’ offices and outpatient clinics.

He says that patients need to start taking the pills as soon as possible if the medicine is to work at all.

The scheme will be in effect until 01 July next year.



Published on Wednesday, 4th November, 2009 at 15:32 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: tamiflu, relenza, prescription, norwegian, pharmacy, effects, pills, drugs, medicines, medication, health, care, minister, swine, flu, pandemic, health, authorities, councils.





  
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