TamifluAntiviral drugs are largely ineffective for reducing hospital admissions and complications from influenza, and come with serious side-effects, according to a research review published by the Cochrane Collaboration today.

The drugs were stockpiled by governments across the world, including Australia’s, in response to the 2009 swine flu pandemic.

Cochrane, along with the British Medical Journal, is asking governments to consider whether they would choose to stockpile well-known antiviral Tamiflu in light of these findings, arguing the original evidence leading to the stockpiling was incomplete.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Department of Health said antivirals were part of the National Medical Stockpile currently valued at A$192 million, but refused to provide further details “due to security and commercial sensitivities”.

Tamiflu drug ‘largely ineffective’ in reducing hospitalisation: study.

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  1. The whole H1N1 issue was engineered for profit, why even the very ‘virus’ was a bizarre hybrid, not as media insisted ‘swine flu’ but a bizarre and unexplained combination of human, avian and pig. Meanwhile innocent people who took the so-called vaccination were left damaged, while the health execs and politicians who forced this upon their population have not even been reprimanded, let alone charged!

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