Tamiflu, Roche and the Cochrane Collaboration
April 10, 2014 7:59 AM Subscribe
Ben Goldacre, The Guardian
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: "Today we found out that Tamiflu doesn't work so well after all. Roche, the drug company behind it, withheld vital information on its clinical trials for half a decade, but the Cochrane Collaboration, a global not-for-profit organisation of 14,000 academics, finally obtained all the information. Putting the evidence together, it has found that Tamiflu has little or no impact on complications of flu infection, such as pneumonia."The Telegraph
: 'The review, authored by Oxford University, claims that Roche, the drug’s Swiss manufacturer, gave a “false impression” of its effectiveness and accuses the company of “sloppy science”.'
: 'The UK has spent £473m on Tamiflu, which is stockpiled by governments globally to prepare for flu pandemics.'
: 'The United States has spent more than $1.3 billion buying a strategic reserve of antivirals including Tamiflu...'
: 'He and the rest of the Cochrane team asked Roche for the full, unpublished trials data. Roche said they could have it if they signed a confidentiality agreement, but they refused. They updated their review in 2009, omitting data they could not be sure of and concluded that the drug may work no better than aspirin.'
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