Exposed: Drug Co. records show 17 years of lies, hidden results
Forget the commercials, the brochures, and the endorsements by the de facto Roche marketing department (also known as the CDC).
An expose 17 years in the making finally proves that you’re better off waiting out the flu then falling for this scam.
Click your heels three times…
If you’ve even watched television once since January, you’ve seen the flood of commercials for Tamiflu.
It’s the one showing the big, sick man in the little house sipping tea from the teeny cup. The voice-over copy (called “genius” in advertising circles) urges swift action: “Don’t wait, call your doctor right away.”
The ad, called “Small House,” has been blitzed over the airwaves more than 13,000 times this winter. The flu season is like Christmas for Roche.
But what’s really small is the amount of help Tamiflu offers.
I can’t find any evidence that it reduces the severity of flu symptoms, hospitalizations, the risk of complications from the flu or even to stop transmission of the flu.
So what does it do?
Well, for starters, it can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Then let’s move up a rung on the side-effects ladder. There are the “serious skin” reactions that can include skin blistering and peeling. And then the “change in behavior” and the “seeing things that are not really there” warnings. (That comes directly from the Tamiflu web site.)
More warnings were added to the Tamiflu packaging in 2008 after “abnormal behavior” and other brain “effects” were reported in over 1,800 children. Most of the reports came in from Japan, where 12 deaths were reported.
In the U.S. (which is much more lax in reporting adverse effects than Japan), there were also numerous reports of “serious” reactions. Some involved convulsions, delirium or delusions.
Despite all that, the drug is still recommended for kids as young as a year! And if the child is too young to swallow a pill — well, just mix it up in some chocolate syrup, Roche says.
But here’s the real bombshell…
Back in the 1990s, Roche ordered (and funded) at least eight studies on Tamiflu. And when the results came in, they essentially locked them in a vault.
Finally, under intense pressure from editors at the British Medical Journal and other researchers, Roche let a group of experts have a look-see. And what they saw was certainly a shock, though not much of a surprise.
Even though the advertising promises a shorter, easier flu, these hidden studies showed that:
- Tamiflu does not reduce the chance someone who gets the flu will have more serious complications.
- And, for elderly and ill patients, ones who can have a higher risk of complications, Tamiflu did nothing! Nada! It had no effect at all.
- If Tamiflu does anything at all to help folks who have the flu, it may reduce the duration of symptoms by about a day.
With more pressure on the company to offer up even more unseen documents, who knows what will come out?
But why wait to learn more about how it doesn’t work — and risk those horrific side effects?
Clearly the ones who are “seeing things that are not really there” are Roche, the CDC, the FDA, and every state health department that continues to sell us their Tamiflu delusions.
“The news about Tamiflu: it doesn’t work” David H. Newman, M.D., Huffpost Healthy Living, huffingtonpost.com