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I distinctly remember them saying they've discovered it isn't all that effective in the prevention/treatment of avian flu, but now I continue to hear about how the gov't is stockpiling it. No more mention of how it doesn't work all that well. My DH doesn't believe they ever says that and thinks I'm a cynical loon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I've googled it and searched here, but not found anything about it. Does anyone have a link to where this was actually stated?
 

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OMG, Plummeting, I could have started this thread and said exactly the same thing! In fact I saw this and thought Aha! There's my answer!<br><br>
Just now I read something on msnbc basically saying that the tamiflu didn't work on that one Vietnamese girl but relenza did. I also thought I had heard tamiflu didn't work. I am suspicious! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Plummeting-<br>
were you the poster who posted the link about rummy and tamiflu on a previous thread? It doesn't surprise me at all that they would no longer mention the fact that the vaccine is ineffective. I also remember hearing months and months ago (before mainstream media starting covering avian flu) that the tamiflu vaccine was ineffective.<br>
BTW I showed DP that link and he was just disgusted. I haven't seen him that upset in a long time. He looked at my belly and said he didn't blame Finn for not wanting to come out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/09/30/birdflu.drugs.reut/" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapc...lu.drugs.reut/</a>
 

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It doesn't work, yet Roche in their infinite greediness continue to not only perpetuate the myth that it works, but until recently, wouldn't allow a generic to be made even when they cannot keep up with demand. Seems crystal clear to me. Sickening...truly sickening.
 

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I believe the argument is that it MAY be effective in reducing the severity of symptoms, not that it's effective in curing or preventing avian flu. Have no clue whether this is a combination of wishful thinking and corporate greed, or whether it has some basis in fact.
 

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Ok, so Sept 30 it was: (from mamakay's link above)<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">"<b>There are now resistant H5N1 strains appearing, and we can't totally rely on one drug (Tamiflu)</b>," William Chui, honorary associate professor with the department of pharmacology at the Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong, told Reuters.<br>
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"Manufacturers should think about producing an injectable form of Relenza because <b>resistance to Tamiflu has been seen in Japan and Vietnam</b>. Also with injections, high doses can be given where necessary and onset time is a lot faster," Chui said.</td>
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But now it's:<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Dosanjh was referring to recent statements by Indian authorities, who are weighing whether there is enough risk of bird flu spreading in their impoverished nation to invoke a compulsory licensing clause to lift Swiss pharmaceutical Roche's patent of <b>Tamiflu, the coveted anti-flu drug considered by many as the only viable one that can fight bird flu</b>.</td>
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<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/conditions/10/24/birdflu.canada.summit.ap/" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/condi...ada.summit.ap/</a>
 

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I guess the idea is that anything is better than nothing?<br>
Hmmm...<br>
Actually, I think the PTB just want to appear to have a "plan".<br>
They don't seem to really care if "the plan" isn't much of a plan at all. All it needs to do is <i>look</i> like a plan.
 

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Yeah, Tamiflu is really expensive. DH used it last year when he got a bad case of the flu. All it does is shorten the duration of the flu by one, maybe two days. It has some nasty possible side effects like bloody noses, irritability, etc.
 

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This article..<br><a href="http://www.newswithviews.com/Dean/carolyn17.htm" target="_blank">http://www.newswithviews.com/Dean/carolyn17.htm</a><br>
..mentions an herbal product that killed the avian flu within 20 minutes. But that they can't tell us what it is because of the FDA coming down on them.<br><br>
I started a thread on the topic in the Health and Healing forum..<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=362590" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=362590</a>
 

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I've read conflicting things about it not stopping the spead of the [sarcasm] impending pandemic [/sarcasm], but then somewhere that they'd make a prophylactic ring around any outbreaks by administering tamiflu.<br><br>
Whatever.
 
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