British Medical Journal Asks for Tamiflu data

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PostWed Nov 14, 2012 12:06 am » by Kaarmaa


http://healthland.time.com/2012/11/12/british-medical-journal-asks-tamiflu-maker-roche-to-release-data-on-flu-treatments-effectiveness/

British Medical Journal Asks Tamiflu-Maker Roche to Release Data on Flu Treatment’s Effectiveness
By Associated PressNov. 12, 2012

A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu.

The drug has been stockpiled by dozens of governments worldwide in case of a global flu outbreak and was widely used during the 2009 swine flu pandemic.

On Monday, one of the researchers linked to the BMJ journal called for European governments to sue Roche.

“I suggest we boycott Roche’s products until they publish missing Tamiflu data,” wrote Peter Gotzsche, leader of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen. He said governments should take legal action against Roche to get the money back that was “needlessly” spent on stockpiling Tamiflu.

Last year, Tamiflu was included in a list of “essential medicines” by the World Health Organization (WHO), a list that often prompts governments or donor agencies to buy the drug.

Tamiflu is used to treat both seasonal flu and new flu viruses like bird flu or swine flu. WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said the agency had enough proof to warrant its use for unusual influenza viruses, like bird flu.

“We do have substantive evidence it can stop or hinder progression to severe disease like pneumonia,” he said.

In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends Tamiflu as one of two medications for treating regular flu. The other is GlaxoSmithKline’s Relenza. The CDC says such antivirals can shorten the duration of symptoms and reduce the risk of complications and hospitalization.

In 2009, the BMJ and researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center asked Roche to make all its Tamiflu data available. At the time, Cochrane Centee scientists were commissioned by Britain to evaluate flu drugs. They found no proof that Tamiflu reduced the number of complications in people with influenza.

“Despite a public promise to release (internal company reports) for each (Tamiflu) trial…Roche has stonewalled,” BMJ editor Fiona Godlee wrote in an editorial last month.

In a statement, Roche said it had complied with all legal requirements on publishing data and provided Gotzsche and his colleagues with 3,200 pages of information to answer their questions.

“Roche has made full clinical study data … available to national health authorities according to their various requirements, so they can conduct their own analyses,” the company said.

Roche says it doesn’t usually release patient-level data available due to legal or confidentiality constraints. It said it did not provide the requested data to the scientists because they refused to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Roche is also being investigated by the European Medicines Agency for not properly reporting side effects, including possible deaths, for 19 drugs including Tamiflu that were used in about 80,000 patients in the U.S.


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PostWed Nov 14, 2012 1:25 am » by Muchtyman


Another little known story .

Germany, France join crowd withdrawing Novartis vaccines

http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/germa ... 2012-10-26

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PostWed Nov 14, 2012 1:54 am » by The57ironman


Kaarmaa wrote:


British Medical Journal Asks Tamiflu-Maker Roche to Release Data ....

A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all its data
...oh yes...they need to be asked..



He said governments should take legal action against Roche to get the money back that was “needlessly” spent on stockpiling Tamiflu.
...like that'll ever happen..



Last year, Tamiflu was included in a list of “essential medicines” by the World Health Organization (WHO), a list that often prompts governments or donor agencies to buy the drug.
...gee...it's hard to believe the WHO is involved with sales...



WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said the agency had enough proof to warrant its use for unusual influenza viruses, like bird flu.
...and you can trust gregory , he's from the government and he's here to help...




“We do have substantive evidence it can stop or hinder progression to severe disease like pneumonia,” he said.
.....''he'' has the evidence....... :mrcool:



The CDC says such antivirals can shorten the duration of symptoms and reduce the risk of complications and hospitalization.
...''they'' say it can........but then , so do a lot of other things...




In 2009, the BMJ and researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center asked Roche to make all its Tamiflu data available. At the time, Cochrane Centee scientists were commissioned by Britain to evaluate flu drugs. They found no proof that Tamiflu reduced the number of complications in people with influenza.
...no proof..?..........say it ain't so.....



“Despite a public promise to release (internal company reports) for each (Tamiflu) trial…Roche has stonewalled,”
.....well , duhhh..!...




In a statement, Roche said it had complied with all legal requirements
....and not one iota more than that....



“Roche has made full clinical study data … available to national health authorities according to their various requirements, so they can conduct their own analyses,” the company said.
:badair:



Roche says it doesn’t usually release patient-level data available due to legal or confidentiality constraints.
.......well , of course....they wouldn't want to be ''liable'' for anything... :scary:



It said it did not provide the requested data to the scientists because they refused to sign a confidentiality agreement.
:lol: .......their asses are covered , don't you worry....


Roche is also being investigated by the European Medicines Agency for not properly reporting side effects, including possible deaths, for 19 drugs including Tamiflu that were used in about 80,000 patients in the U.S.
....yeah...?.....who's in charge of that investigation...?..




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good to know WHOS WHO is the WHO....... :rtft:


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PostWed Nov 14, 2012 2:02 am » by Kaarmaa


That's good, little by little people will stop trusting these industries blindly and choose vitamins, herbs and honey over needles. :flop:

good to know WHOS WHO is the WHO.......
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