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Tamiflu's Efficacy In Doubt

sackvillian (1476885) writes | more than 4 years ago


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): []

An article on the BMJ's website points the finger squarely at the media "catching Tamiflu": []

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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