The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating reports that the deaths of 12 Japanese children may be linked to the anti-viral drug Tamiflu. The possibility has caused alarm, since millions of doses of the drug are currently being stockpiled for use in a potential flu pandemic.
Also Linked to Seizures
Tamiflu has also been linked to neuropsychiatric incidents in children, including seizures, loss of consciousness, and delirium.
Jumping Off of Roofs
The reports mention incidents including:
- A 14-year-old boy with flu took a dose of Tamiflu and two hours later fell from the ninth floor of his apartment building
- Another child, hours after taking a dose, jumped from the second floor of his house into deep snow
Tamiflu Used FAR More Frequently in Japan
However, it is important to realize that the reason Tamiflu side effects may show up earlier in Japan is that Tamiflu is used 12 times more frequently in Japan than in the United States -- 11.6 million prescriptions for children in Japan between 2001 and 2005, compared to about 872,000 during that same period in the United States.
I swear this whole bird flu saga is something straight from some televisionmini-series or fiction novel. However, as you know, you couldn't make up a storylike this tale of greed and political corruption.
Last year, the United States placed an order for 20 million doses of thisworthless drug at a price of $100 per dose. That comes to a staggering $2 billion.It was abundantly clear that this drug was not going to help anyone with theflu, and now we find out that this drug has a serious potential of killing childrenthat take it.
To add insult to injury, the drug companies have made a sweet arrangementwith the U.S. government that they are not liable for any of the side effectsfrom the drugs. President Bush's $7.1-billion pandemic flu plan seeks broadlimits on lawsuits against producers of vaccines and antiviral drugs, but issilent on how those injured or killed by adverse reactions might be compensated.
The liability shield is contained in the Pandemic Flu Countermeasure LiabilityProtection Act of 2005. It would protect producers and distributors of emergencyvaccines from injury suits except in cases of "willful misconduct,"a term to be defined later by the attorney general and the secretary of Healthand Human Services.
So, even if these drugs or vaccines wind up killing innocent children, thesecompanies will not be held liable. But you don't have to worry as on Saturdaythe FDAaannounced that Tamiflu was safe. Of course,this is the same agency that gave Vioxx its safetly blessing before it killed55,000 people.
When Tamiflu kills U.S. children, Roche will plead that they had no ideait could do such a thing! They will claim reports such as this one out of Japanwere unverified, and that there was no way they could have known it was a problem.
It just doesn't get much worse than that. When will America wake up andsay enough is enough?
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