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    Publix Offering Tamiflu in Oral Suspension

    Following reports of a shortage of liquid Tamiflu, all of Publix’s 795 pharmacies are offering to compound drug into an oral suspension. Tamiflu, which is used to treat flu-like symptoms, is usually available in either capsule or liquid form. The latter is often prescribed to children, as well as to adults who have trouble swallowing capsules.

    Following reports of a shortage of liquid Tamiflu, all of Publix’s 795 pharmacies are offering to compound drug into an oral suspension. Tamiflu, which is used to treat flu-like symptoms, is usually available in either capsule or liquid form. The latter is often prescribed to children, as well as to adults who have trouble swallowing capsules.

    “Due to a heavy flu season and heightened awareness of flu-like symptoms, liquid Tamiflu is in short supply,” noted Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “The ability to compound Tamiflu for our pharmacy customers is just one example of our continued commitment to the health and wellness of the entire family this flu season. We remind our customers that the best defense of the flu is to plan ahead and have a flu vaccine administered at your local Publix Pharmacy.”

    The compounded Tamiflu is available at no extra charge, and there is currently a sufficient supply of the capsule form necessary to make the oral suspension, according to the grocer.

    Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix, which is privately owned and operated by its 138,000 employees, has 1,012 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

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