The antiflu drug Tamiflu may be flying off the shelves, but there is little evidence that it is effective.
In an article posted free for a week on our WorstPills.org site, Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, explains why. Basically, the only research conducted on Tamiflu has been done by Roche, the drug’s maker, which of course has a huge stake in showing that the drug does wonders for you if you have the flu.
The company claims that it reduces hospital admissions, bronchitis and pneumonia. But an investigation by the British Medical Journal and British Channel 4 concluded that such claims were meritless.
What is needed, Dr. Wolfe says, is an independent review of the raw data.