Yet another nail in Tamiflu™

Tamiflu™ (generic name: Oseltamivir) has been promoted for years as a miracle drug for treating influenza (including swine flu) and other viral nasties. The US gov’t has spent gazillions of tax dollars stockpiling it. But….

… but, as real statisticians and investigators not paid by Genentech have looked more closely, its effectiveness has gotten shakier and shakier. The Junkman has previously had some articles about it.
So today we’ve got yet another series of studies, this time based out of the UK, which raise even more questions as to why anyone, let alone any gov’t group, is buying and using it. (And again, the US has done the same):
[from the]
Tamiflu: drugs given for swine flu ‘were waste of £500m’Drug Tamiflu does nothing to halt the spread of influenza and Government wasted nearly £500 million stockpiling it over swine flu pandemic, study finds

4 responses to “Yet another nail in Tamiflu™

  1. The first law of systems: The purpose of a system is what it does.

    Major premise: Government is a member of the class System.

    Minor premise: Governments waste money.

    Conclusion: Therefor the purpose of a Government is to waste money.

    I say we should cut out the middle man and waste our own money on things we want to do rather than depending upon Government to do the wasting.

  2. Forgive me for pointing out the obvious, but Tamiflu has not been claimed to reduce the spread of influenza, but the length of severe symptoms. I don’t know what else the UK study reported on, but the BBC quote is a straw man argument. I am sure people have oversold Tamiflu as a wonder-drug, but let us not get carried away with slaughtering it on a false basis either.

  3. I note that the article refers to a quote in the Telegraph – I saw this on the BBC, but the quote was the same.

  4. Reblogged this on Edonurwayup's Blog and commented:
    What! I could have saved my $100 I paid for it.

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