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Leading British Medical Journal Questions The Effectiveness Of Tamiflu

Filed November 14th, 2012 Laurie

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) wants drug maker, Roche, to release all of its data concerning Tamiflu, saying there is no proof the drug can actually halt the flu.

BMJ, wants to see all of Roche’s information regarding Tamiflu, which was widely used during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Since, dozens of governments worldwide have been stockpiling the drug in preparation for a global flu outbreak. A BMJ researcher is calling for European governments to sue Roche and seeks a boycott of the drug maker’s products until Roche submits the data, said the Associated Press (AP).

Tamiflu is used to treat both seasonal flu and new flu viruses, including bird flu and swine flu. Last year, the drug was included in a list of “essential medicines” by the World Health Organization (WHO).

BMJ first asked Roche to make all of its Tamiflu data available in 2009 after Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen scientists had been commissioned by the British government to evaluate flu drugs. Researchers found no evidence that Tamiflu reduced the number of complications in people who had influenza. Roche issued a statement saying it had complied with all legal requirements on publishing data and gave Centre scientists 3,200 additional pages of data to support its claims, the AP reported.

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