Roche Promises New Plant for Bird Flu Drug

October 18, 2005
by Paul Elias
Associated Press

Roche AG says it will build a U.S. plant to make more of its anti-bird flu drug Tamiflu, but that promise failed to tamp growing international pressure on the Swiss drug giant to ease its monopoly grip on the drug... ..."It's a very complicated drug to make," said Kim Elliott, deputy director of Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Trust for America's Health. Elliott said it will take about a year for Roche to deliver U.S.-manufactured Tamiflu.

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