Are health scares all dreamed up?
A REPORT has been compiled after a two-year study by the Cochrane Collaboration group.
It is a non-profit organisation which analyses medical evidence by results obtained from the world's best medical researchers, and is recognised as the gold standard in evidence based health care.
The report claims that Roche, the manufacturer of Tamiflu, stockpiled by the NHS, withheld vital data as to its performance.
The Cochrane report is likely to highlight the drug's side effects which include bronchitis and pneumonia, and nausea and vomiting in children.
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It will also call on doctors to practise considerable caution when prescribing the drug.
Cochrane Collaboration claims that during its two-year study in an effort to approve the drug, Roche refused to hand over the raw data used to support its claims.
The European Medicine Agency and the American food and drug administration were thought not to have reviewed the largest trial of Tamiflu before considering it for approval.
And now, Department of Health officials are to face awkward questions about whether it rushed headlong into mass prescription following the 2009 swine flu outbreak.
We had been threatened with a second wave of swine flu, which is claimed will be far more virulent than the first.
But like bird flu, which we were told threatened tens of thousand of lives and a measles epidemic coming from the north, which would decimate our children, it never arrived.
Cynically, one might begin to wonder whether these health scares, are being dreamed up by the big pharmacies.
And that they are more to do with the promotion of the financial health of these companies than with anything else.
ROY HEYWOOD Milton