The latest updates on prescription drugs and ways to save from the GoodRx medical team

Shortage of Liquid Tamiflu

by Elizabeth Davis on January 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm

There is currently a shortage of liquid Tamiflu, the oral suspension form of the flu treatment for children and adults who have trouble swallowing the capsule. The shortage, according to manufacturer Genentech, is due to high demand, and liquid Tamiflu should be back relatively quickly—by the end of the month according to the posting with the FDA.

The capsules are still available in all strengths (30 mg, 45 mg, and 75 mg), and in an emergency, they can be used to make a compounded liquid mixed by your pharmacist  or healthcare provider. The manufacturer lists the instructions for making the liquid on their website, and they are included in the package insert as well. The mixture shouldn’t be used if the capsules can be swallowed or if the FDA-approved oral suspension is available. This means you do have an option though, so ask your pharmacist about compounding using the capsules if you or your child need liquid Tamiflu and you can’t find it.

Relenza is another alternative to the Tamiflu capsules for some people—it’s an inhaler in the same class (neuraminidase inhibitors) as Tamiflu, and it is also used to treat and prevent the flu. It isn’t recommended if you have COPD or another respiratory illness, but otherwise, you might want to discuss it as an option with your doctor.

For more information on the shortage, contact information for Genentech, and updates on when the shortage will be resolved you can check the FDA shortage page here.


Copyright ©2015 GoodRx, Inc.

This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. GoodRx is not offering advice, recommending or endorsing any specific prescription drug, pharmacy or other information on the site. GoodRx provides no warranty for any of the pricing data or other information. Please seek medical advice before starting, changing or terminating any medical treatment. Third party logos, trademarks, brand names and images contained on GoodRx.com are for demonstration purposes only and are owned by their respective rights holders, who are not affiliated with this Site.