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WHO downgrades status of oseltamivir

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 12 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3266

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Re: WHO downgrades status of oseltamivir

It is interesting to note that for a product with “$18bn in sales worldwide, half of it from governments stockpiling the drug”, in a disease that affects children, Roche has not yet completed the paediatric investigation plan, according to EMA records ( This is after almost 8 years from the first agreement of the plan, during which Roche requested eight procedures of modification of the plan itself (

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 July 2017
Paolo Tomasi
Public servant