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Tamiflu's Efficacy In Doubt

sackvillian (1476885) writes | more than 4 years ago

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sackvillian (1476885) writes "Investigations into Roche's claims that its drug, Tamiflu, is safe and effective have shown that there are serious problems with the science. Considering that the US has a stockpile of $1.5 billion of this drug, and right now there's a lot of commotion about climate-gate and swine flu scares, this news couldn't come at a worse time."
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Who actually overestimated the efficacy? (1)

Curmudgeonlyoldbloke (850482) | more than 4 years ago | (#30402508)

I well recall the UK's chief medical officer interviewed on Channel 4 News in the summer, downplaying the effect of Tamiflu, saying that it would likely reduce the time that symptoms were experienced by 1 day. Can anyone find a reliable source (not from Roche, the manufacturer) saying that the effectiveness was greater than this?

There's a good summary of the new issues (BMJ, via the Guardian, here):
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/besttreatments/2009/dec/09/new-study-raises-uncertainties-over-tamiflu [guardian.co.uk]

An article on the BMJ's website points the finger squarely at the media "catching Tamiflu":
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/331/7527/1277 [bmj.com]

and concludes "You might add that newspapers and broadcasters will need to raise their game, as well. And so far the signs are not good.".

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