The Antidote

Counterspin for Health Care and Health News

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Tamiflu evidence questioned

Cochrane reviewers have concluded in yesterday's British Medical Journal that there is little evidence that antiviral drug oseltamivir, or Tamiflu, stops flu complications in otherwise healthy people. The BMJ has a number of related articles as well.

BBC News today had a great investigative piece on the story behind the evidence; there is one crucial, oft-cited dataset belonging to Tamiflu manufacturer Roche, which Roche has not released to the Cochrane reviewers. The BBC has not yet posted a link to the story but I'll up date this when it's available. Meanwhile, the Guardian has also covered the story.


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