Roche works closely with the WHO to maintain Tamiflu stockpiles for distribution by the WHO to countries in need during a pandemic. The stockpiles can also be used for preventative measures to quickly contain and manage local outbreaks. Roche also works with governments, private companies and other organisations to strengthen their global pandemic preparedness.
Since 2005 Roche has provided Tamiflu capsules and active pharmaceutical ingredient to governments for use in the event of a pandemic at substantially reduced prices. Low income countries can purchase Tamiflu at further reduced prices (see pricing information on website). Roche has also developed a pandemic preparedness plan, in association with the WHO and governments, that forms the basis of many company plans.
Since some low-income countries are unable to create an adequate stockpile of Tamiflu, even with reduced prices, in 2009 the company launched the Tamiflu Reserves Program for member countries of the GAVI Alliance, excluding India. Through the program Roche offers Tamiflu at further reduced prices and a spread payment over a number of years.