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Rapid response to:


WHO downgrades status of oseltamivir

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

Rapid Response:

Re: WHO downgrades status of oseltamivir. And we are happy that all is well in the World of Medicine?

Prof Ebell mentions deliberately withheld data.

The cost to the public purses is rather more than peanuts.

I do not blame the manufacturers at all - their job is to earn money, whatever the currency, whatever the cost to the innocent public.

1. A fraud has been perpetrated by one or more individuals.
2. Some individuals have been grossly negligent in their duties.
3. There is no evidence that anyone anywhere is investigating the crimes.
4. There is no evidence that any professional body has investigated any individual for either negligence or deliberate unethical actions.

Am I alone in wondering why there has been a collective hush in all the governments who look after PUBLIC MONEY and PUBLIC HEALTH?

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 July 2017
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit