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Letters Oseltamivir for influenza

Current evidence shows no place for antiviral drug distribution in a flu pandemic

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 29 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2955
  1. Patrick J Saunders, professor of public health1,
  2. John Middleton, former director of public health, Sandwell2
  1. 1Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Social Work, Allied and Public Health, Staffordshire University, Stafford ST18 0AD, UK
  2. 2Coventry CV3 2AB, UK
  1. patricksaunders{at}

The BMJ and Cochrane Collaboration showed serious generic failings in the system of publishing full trial evidence about oseltamivir for flu.1 We remain concerned, however, that the insights of service providers during the 2009-10 pandemic have not been given the same public consideration.2

Even the selective evidence available in 2009 cannot justify the financial and public health …

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