Sep 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Roche announced last week that its United States supply chain for oseltamivir (Tamiflu), used to treat avian influenza and seasonal flu patients, is fully operational, meaning all aspects of its production are based on US soil.The company said it now has the capability to produce 80 million treatment courses of the drug annually in the United States, which is stockpiling oseltamivir as part of efforts to prepare for a flu pandemic.The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had asked Roche to establish a system that involves US sources for all phases of osteltamivir production, from synthesizing shikimic acid, the starting material, to packaging the medication, the company said in a news release.”The ability to produce Tamiflu from start to finish on US soil is a significant milestone that will help ensure access to Tamiflu when and where it is needed,” said George Abercrombie, president and chief executive officer for Hoffman-La Roche, Inc., the company’s US pharmaceutical division.The company said HHS has ordered 21.3 million treatment courses of oseltamivir for the Strategic National Stockpile, all of which will be delivered by the end of this year. Marc Wolfson, a spokesman for the HHS Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in Washington, DC, verified that information for CIDRAP News.The long-term goal for the stockpile is 81 million courses by the end of 2008, according to Wolfson and Roche. Of that total, HHS says it will buy 50 million courses and will provide a 25% subsidy for states to purchase another 31 million courses.Roche says that with its own manufacturing network and 16 external contractors, it has more than enough capacity to meet the osteltamivir orders from 75 countries that are stockpiling the drug. Global annual production capacity will reach 400 million treatment courses by the end of this year, the company said.Approved for prevention and treatment of influenza in adults and children 1 year and older, osteltamivir is intended to treat influenza viruses in all clinical settings. It has been shown to be active against the H5N1 virus in the laboratory and in animals that are infected with an H5N1 avian flu strain taken from humans, according to Roche.See also:Sep 14 Roche press releasehttp://www.roche.com/med-cor-2006-09-14
14 Dune Parade, Bushland Beach.Listing agent Julie Munro from Ray White Townsville said the rockwall created the opportunity to make the dream of living by the beach come true for potential buyers.“It really is a phenomenal piece of infrastructure and it’s the only section of Bushland Beach that has the protection of the rockwall,” Mrs Munro said.“I think the whole Dunes estate is absolutely delightful and it’s one way in and one way out.“It’s a tiny community and all owner occupiers.” 14 Dune Parade, Bushland Beach.POSITIONED in one of the most picturesque spots in Bushland Beach, this commanding home has 180-degree ocean views.The newly constructed two-storey house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and sits on 773sq m of land on the foreshore of Bushland Beach in the new Dunes estate. 14 Dune Parade, Bushland Beach.Mrs Munro said the home made the most of its beachside location.“It’s been built specifically for the views, so both levels have amazing views,” she said.“It has a neutral colour scheme so anything and everything will go.”The large open plan living and dining space surrounds a well appointed kitchen complete with a study nook. 14 Dune Parade, Bushland Beach.Dunes property developer Allan Hansen said he decided to build a house rather than sell the vacant land so buyers didn’t have to go through the hassle of building.“Nine out of 10 people will decide what they want but they just can’t go through the hassle with builders,” Mr Hansen said.“It’s got great views and has been built so you can put a pool or a shed or anything else you want beside it.“The house is really roomy and has ocean views all the way out to the islands.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 202014 Dune Parade, Bushland Beach.Mr Hansen spent $1 million building a rockwall at the front of the Dunes development creating the only oceanfront land in Bushland Beach that is protected from erosion.The home was built by Glenn Sexton Constructions and uses high-quality fittings, fixtures and finishes to give the home a truly luxurious feel. 14 Dune Parade, Bushland Beach.The house is fully airconditioned while glass doors, windows and louvres allow for ocean breezes to flow through the home.Up the timber staircase is a huge master bedroom that flows out onto the balcony complete with walk-in robe and ensuite. 14 Dune Parade, Bushland Beach.