W.H.O. DUCKS QUACK MEDICINE INQUIRY...! IS TAMIFLU FOR THE BIRDS?

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W.H.O. DUCKS QUACK MEDICINE INQUIRY...! IS TAMIFLU FOR THE BIRDS?
Posted By: 
CliffMickelson
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Monday, December 05, 2005 04:38 am

Greetings, Byrds fans!

Well folks, it looks to me as if the World Health Organization, the Brits,
AND, (Naturally) the US Government, may ALL end up with egg on their faces after having yoked taxpayers of both nations into unwisely shelling out millions of dollars for apparently useless doses of Tamiflu!

The only bird at the party with something to crow about will likely end up being the manufacture of the drug who has been recently accused of profiteering and of feathering their own nest by charging excessive prices to both governments.

The normally hard-boiled executives of the maker of tamiflu scrambled this morning to refute charges of fraud by outraged consumer groups.

Squabbling and unhappy Tamiflu executives brooded visably over the suggestion that they may have deliberately hatched a plot to made pigeons of the public.

\"In no way did we falsely goose the price of this important drug\" said one.

\"Tamiflu is no turkey\" claimed another.

However, observers at the hastily called press conference report that company representatives appeared chicken to challenge the enclosed report brought home to roost by a hawk-eyed independent reporter!

Following the reading of the report, journalists flocked to the rostrum for an advertised question and answer session but were disappointed to find that the company reps had quailed at the thought of winging it in front of a hostile press.

Most chose instead to duck out the back door with their tail feathers dragging!

\"This press conference was for the birds\" growled one reporter foully as he flew after the fleeing flock of executives!

-CliffMickelson

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Report: Tamiflu is \'useless\' for avian flu!

United Press International - NewsTrack - Report: Tamiflu is \'useless\' for avian flu

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LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A Vietnamese doctor with experience in treating avian flu says Tamiflu, the drug being stockpiled for treatment of avian flue is useless against the virus.

Dr. Nguyen Tuong Van of the Centre for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi has treated 41 victims of H5N1, following World Health Organization guidelines and administering Tamiflu to her patients. She told the Sunday Times of London the medicine had no effect.

\"We place no importance on using this drug on our patients,\" she said. \"Tamiflu is really only meant for treating ordinary type A flu. It was not designed to combat H5N1.\"

The newspaper said the finding casts doubt on the British government\'s pandemic flu policy. The nation\'s top medical official, Sir Liam Donaldson, has ordered 15 million doses of Tamiflu be stockpiled.

Van said the only way to keep avian flu patients alive is to \"support\" all their vital organs -- including the liver and kidneys -- with modern technology like ventilators and dialysis machines, the Sunday Times reported.

The WHO has acknowledge Tamiflu had not been \"widely successful in human patients,\" but said it believes it would have been more effective in many Asian countries if it had been used earlier in the illness.

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