Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tamiflu not effective? Didn't we already know it....?

So Tamiflu is not effective for H1N1? At least not as effective as once was hyped? Ho-hum......

"Conclusion: Neuraminidase inhibitors have modest effectiveness against the symptoms of influenza in otherwise healthy adults. The drugs are effective postexposure against laboratory confirmed influenza, but this is a small component of influenza-like illness, so for this outcome neuraminidase inhibitors are not effective. Neuraminidase inhibitors might be regarded as optional for reducing the symptoms of seasonal influenza. Paucity of good data has undermined previous findings for oseltamivir’s prevention of complications from influenza. Independent randomised trials to resolve these uncertainties are needed." BMJ 2009;339:b5106

There never was any real data of true efficacy. I had posted on this before. Yes, it reduced the number of days of 1.3 days!! But we were repeatedly told that Tamiflu was the 'miracle drug' that was going to save the world from this vile and super-virulent H1N1 pandemic. Governments stockpiled tons of Tamiflu. And Roche was laughing all the way to the bank.

So now we are told that supporting detailed data has been concealed by Roche.

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