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Roche’s Tamiflu Not Proven to Cut Flu Complications

Posted by truthpills on 2009/12/12

By Michelle Fay Cortez

Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — The effectiveness of Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu in treating flu complications in healthy adults can’t be determined because the Swiss drugmaker wouldn’t supply data from eight studies, an independent research group said.

The exclusion led the Cochrane Collaboration to reverse its previous finding that the pill warded off pneumonia and other deadly conditions linked to influenza. Tamiflu has been the mainstay of treatment for swine flu, which has killed almost 9,000 people since April, according to the World Health Organization. Roche said the drug is effective.

An analysis of 20 studies showed that Tamiflu, which is expected to generate 2.7 billion francs ($2.64 billion) in sales this year, eased and shortened symptoms if taken quickly. It found no clear evidence that the drug prevented lower respiratory tract infections or complications of influenza, according to the nonprofit research group in a review published in the British Medical Journal.

“We have multibillion-dollar public health policies in place that rely on evidence not available for independent analysis,” Tom Jefferson, the lead researcher from the Cochrane Collaboration in Rome, said in a telephone interview.

The report, an update of a 2005 analysis by Cochrane, excluded eight studies funded by Roche that haven’t been published and whose full data wasn’t given to the researchers. The exclusion reversed the group’s earlier finding that Tamiflu protects against complications.

Insufficient Evidence

“We now conclude there is insufficient evidence to describe the effects of Tamiflu on complications of influenza or the drug’s toxicity,” Jefferson said.
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