JAKARTA, Nov. 26 (Xinhuanet) -- Indonesia was preparing to produce Tamiflu, the
anti-viral medicine recommended for the treatment of avian influenza, Health
Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said here on Saturday.
"The Ministry of Health has obtained special rights from its maker, Roche,
to undertake its production," official news agency Antara quoted her as saying.
The party most likely to be appointed as the producer of the drug would be
a state pharmaceutical company, she said, adding that she had yet to decide
which state company would be assigned to produce the medicine.
"But for sure, the state pharmaceutical company to be appointed could be
Kimia Farma or Indofarma," she said.
On the quantity of Tamiflu to be produced, she said it would depend on
"How much Tamiflu will be made will be adjusted to prevailing need or a
minimum of 10 percent of the country's total population of 220 million," she
said, adding that the government was now preparing things for the project.
"We will need three to five months to prepare production," she added.
She also said that the government was now still having a sufficient supply
of Tamiflu, some 800 tablets, donated by countries like Australia, Japan and
She said the government had also had talks with countries supplying raw materials
for Tamiflu, including China, India and South Korea, and was waiting for
confirmation from these countries on their ability to meet Indonesia's need.
The World Health Organization has confirmed that seven out of 12 Indonesian
citizens infected with bird flu died since July. Bird flu has been found in 23
out of the country's over 30 provinces.
In Southeast Asia, it has claimed the lives of more than 60 out of 120-strong infected persons since its outbreak in 2003. Enditem