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Tamiflu Finally Gets Stronger Delirium Warning

Posted by Jane Akre
Tuesday, March 04, 2008 10:38 AM EST
Category: On The Road, Major Medical, Protecting Your Family, In The Workplace
Tags: FDA and Prescription Drugs, Defective Drugs, Influenza, Tamiflu

Roche will have to make its warning letter stronging concerning delirium from taking Tamiflu

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As flu season winds down, the makers of Tamiflu have been forced to put stronger language on its label warning of the potential for psychiatric problems.

Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche has sent letters to doctors that hundreds of cases of delirium and some self-injury has been seen among people taking the prescription Tamiflu

Psychiatric problems have been seen among Japanese children, sometimes proving fatal, the FDA was told during a meeting last November, the third meeting on adverse events concerning Tamiflu.

At least five children died from "falling from windows or balconies or running into traffic". Japan discontinued recommending Tamiflu for children and teens ages 10 through 19.

Japan accounts for the bulk,  two-thirds of Tamiflu prescriptions amounting to $2.4 billion for Roche.

The new stronger Roche label says that "the contribution of Tamiflu to these events has not been established." and "patients with influenza should be closely monitored for signs of abnormal behavior"

About 48 million people have taken Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) since it was approved. 

Flu can cause delirium among other physical ailments such as fever, body aches, nausea and diarrhea.

It was approved for use in children ages one through 12 in December 2005. It is not approved for use in infants.  #


2 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by Richard Norris
Tuesday, March 04, 2008 7:04 PM EST

Most people do not realise that virtually all major drugs are derived from a natural remedy. Tamiflu, the default drug to treat viruses, was developed by Gilead Sciences from an extract of Chinese Star Anise, a traditional remedy for colds and flu. The natural version of this compound is available in a supplement form called biotivia bioflu. The important difference between Bioflu and Tamiflu is that Tamiflu has been associated with serious phychological effects including suicides and must carry a FDA warning of this effect whereas Bioflu has no such side effect and is totally non toxic and contains benificial antioxidants. When drug companies take safe natural remedies and synthesize them for profit the beneficial effects are often diluted, resistance to the disease being treated occurs quickly and new adverse effects appear.

Anonymous User
Posted by Jane Akre
Tuesday, March 04, 2008 10:40 PM EST

See Tamiflu on Wikipedia

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You are correct about the star anise. Also note that Donald Rumsfeld befriended the medical doctor who founded Gilead Science and now Runsfeld has millions in stock. We all need friends like that!
Don't see much on bioflu except below. Please feel free to submit more information. And thank you!

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