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Tamiflu Not Effective?

Tamiflu may not fight the flu as well as originally thought. Findings published in the British Medical Journal question whether governments around the world were justified in spending millions on the drug during the 2009 swine flu pandemic.

Researchers have long argued there were not enough trials to prove Tamiflu works. They say after getting access to internal trials, they found Tamiflu reduces flu symptoms by about a half-day in adults and has little effect on children.

"I think we can now say we've been given an over-optimistic view of the drug. it doesn't do most of what we were told it did. And it also has harms that we weren't aware of.," said Dr. Fiona Godlle, editor of the British Medical Journal.

The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to recommend Tamiflu be used to treat the flu. They say it has proven helpful in treating patients with strains like the bird flu.

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