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Letters BMJ’s open letter to Roche

European governments should sue Roche and prescribers should boycott its drugs

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 13 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7689
  1. Peter C Gøtzsche, professor1
  1. 1Nordic Cochrane Centre, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
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At an open seminar arranged by Health Action International (Europe) on 12 October 2012 about access to medical research data, I asked why European governments had not sued Roche to get the money back that they had spent on needlessly stockpiling oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Roche has withheld data that purport to show that oseltamivir has dramatic effects. We all wonder why it …

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