Letters Oseltamivir and flu

Methodological concerns about studies on oseltamivir for flu

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7148 (Published 04 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7148
  1. Mark H Ebell, associate professor1
  1. 1College of Public Health, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
  1. ebell{at}uga.edu

We recently published a meta-analysis of published and unpublished studies on the effectiveness of oseltamivir for treating flu.1 Unlike industry sponsored meta-analyses,2 3 we found no reduction in complications requiring antibiotics (after excluding acute bronchitis, which does not require treatment with antibiotics according to current practice guidelines) and no reduction in hospital admission rates. …

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