Antivirals against H1N1 may be used until two years after expiry
Editorial | National Thursday November 5, 2009 | Creation Time: 01:15 | Last updated: 02:27
Defenses. It is proven to be effective even if they have expired. Photo: File.
The Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (Cofepris) approved the extension of the expiration date, three to five years, the antiviral Tamiflu and Relenza influenza A/H1N1, which takes as a strategy in the national reserve.
He said tests for potency, safety and therapeutic efficacy, determined that can be used until two years after its term, without risk to health, since it was demonstrated that are just as power and security.
The dependence of the Health Ministry said the public can consume these antivirals with no effect on his health, adding that the decision notified to laboratories, distributors, pharmacies, medical community, hospitals and clinics which in turn inform their patients and consumers in general.
The Cofepris notified laboratories producing these two drugs to be kept in storage conditions "not more than 25 º C", as stated in the Norma Oficial Mexicana.
The extension of the limitation period conforms to the provisions of NOM-073-SSA1-2005, concerning the stability of drugs and medicines that specifies that the maximum period allowed for revocation will be up to five years.
The extension of the expiration of antiviral mentioned is a decision already taken the health authorities of other countries, like Britain and the United States in order to strengthen the supply of this type of anti-epidemic caused by virus influenza A/H1N1, was completed.