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Children’s Cold Medicine Pointless & Dangerous

Children’s Cold Medicine Pointless & Dangerous
The FDA forgot to test the effectiveness of cold remedies aimed at children under the age of 6, 40 years later it decides to review the decision and advises parents not to use them because they are ineffective and dangerous.This is an understandable mistake to make because the FDA obviously has more important concerns than the health of our children. In the coming month the FDA is expected to make a more official recommendations regarding children’s cold medicines.

Tamiflu Gets ‘Delirium’ Health Warning

The ‘slightly effective’ flu drug Tamiflu will now carry a health warning after around 100 cases of delirium were reported by users in Japan. The drug which is being used to limit outbreaks of bird flu in Asia is also being heavily promoted as a treatment for general flu in the US.

Wikipedia describes delirium as a ‘decline in attention-focus, perception, and cognition’ and the cases reported in Japan were mainly from children and involved confusion, self-harm and in some extreme cases suicide.

It seems Roche is eager to influence your children in some way with Tamiflu considering it recently funded the children’s film ‘Happy Feet’.

Roche’s Heavy Promotion Of Tamiflu

Roche Tamiflu

What should a pharmaceutical company do when it realises it has spent billions of dollars in R&D to come up with an anti-flu drug that is only slightly effective? Well Roche, the makers of Tamiflu, have decided the best thing to do is increase its advertising campaign for the drug.

Tamiflu is an antiviral drug that is supposed to be taken at the first signs of flu to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms. A single treatment will cost around $80 but the drug has come under fire for only being modestly effective, maybe only reducing symptoms by 1 or 2 days. Critics say the real benefit of using Tamiflu is only when there is a genuine flu epidemic such as a break out of avian flu when the drug should be circulated to minimise the transmission of the new strand of virus.

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