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“In July 2019, manufacturer Sanofi said it had signed a deal with Roche Pharmaceuticals to obtain exclusive OTC rights for the antiviral agent Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate), a neuraminidase inhibitor indicated for the treatment and prophylaxis of the influenza virus.

“The US market is the largest OTC market in the world, and a successful switch of Tamiflu to OTC would support our global cough and cold strategy by expanding into flu with a sustainable point of difference in the market,” Sanofi said in a statement.

The company has not announced an exact date of availability of OTC Tamiflu. Under the agreement, in addition to leading the FDA negotiations, Sanofi will head the clinical program and fund all studies needed to support the OTC switch in the United States in consultation with leading experts in the field.1 Tamiflu is currently sold in the United States by Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, for prescription use. Roche will continue to market Tamiflu in the rest of the world. Sanofi will retain the rights to first negotiations for switch rights in other select markets.”

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