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Stockpiling oseltamivir: Roche clarifies data for improved mortality with oseltamivir

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 17 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1203
  1. James R Smith (, international medical leader,
  2. Regina Dutkowski, clinical science leader
  1. F Hoffman-La Roche, CH-4070 Basel, Switzerland
  2. Hoffmann-La Roche, Nutley, NJ 07110, USA

    EDITOR—Experts question the wisdom of stockpiling oseltamivir (Tamiflu).1 A question was asked about data supporting an improvement in mortality with the drug.

    Two datasets were presented at the second European Influenza Conference in Malta ( in September. A large retrospective cohort study of patients with influenza-like illness (n= 176 001) taken from a US health database showed …

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