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EU countries disagree over stockpiling drugs for flu pandemic

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 13 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:116
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Members of the European Union cannot agree on whether or not to create a European stockpile of antiviral drugs for use in the event of an influenza pandemic, if the avian flu virus should mutate and become transmissible between humans.

    Robert Madelin, director general of the European Commission's department responsible for health and consumer affairs, believes that such a stockpile should be created.

    “If we had one we would be able to give additional antiviral stocks when the first outbreak occurs. It could …

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