Drugs called Tamiflu are chemicals (ethyl (3R,4R,5S)-5-amino-4-acetamido-3-(pentan-3-yloxy)-cyclohex-1-ene-1-carboxylate) that are said to prevent flu or treat the flu. This CDC-approved and recommended-for-all chemotherapy has been shown to cause more vomiting and diarrhea. Roche, the maker, has refused to release the data from studies on the effectiveness of Tamiflu to independent researchers for over three years.
Chemotherapy? Yes, according to the medical definition at dictionary.com (and others), chemotherapy is the treatment of disease by means of chemicals that have a specific toxic effect upon the disease-producing microorganisms or that selectively destroy cancerous tissue. So technically this is what Tamiflu therapy is.
What are the Adverse Reactions of Tamiflu?The Tami in Tamiflu is of Japanese origin, and the meaning of Tami is “let people see benefit”. So, let’s look at the benefits of ethyl (3R,4R,5S)-5-amino-4-acetamido-3-(pentan-3-yloxy)-cyclohex-1-ene-1-carboxylate.
The extract of the Roche report below shows 1 to 12 year olds being treated for flu with Tamiflu have about the same symptoms as those taking a placebo (sugar pill)—except that compared to kids taking nothing, 70% more of the kids taking Tamiflu were vomiting. (An increase from 9% to 15% is a 70% increase–not 6%.) Five times more children taking Tamiflu for flu prevention had vomiting and four times more kids had nausea than those who took nothing. In other words,Tamiflu makes kids sicker.
Even so, the CDC recommends that infants as young as two weeks receive Tamiflu. They are also clear that Tamiflu is not a substitute for flu vaccines and that flu vaccinations should be taken also.
What about the adverse reactions for teenagers and adults? According to their own clinical trial, the group being treated for flu has nearly 2 times the nausea, 3 times the vomiting and about the same other flu symptoms as those taking nothing (except for a little less diarrhea). Those taking Tamiflu for 5 weeks, as recommended for flu prevention, had 2 times more nausea, 2 times more had vomiting, 2times more had stomach pains, and 50% more had diarrhea than those taking nothing. In other words, Tamiflu made them sicker.
The Roche report states no studies have been conducted on the safety of Tamiflu for pregnant women or fetuses and that it is not to be taken—unless the doctor decides the benefits outweigh the risks. Yet the CDC says that pregnant women should rush out and take it at the first signs of flu.
The CDC explains that onset of mental conditions, brain swelling, and death may occur after taking Tamiflu, but assures us that the cause has not been established. We are further assured that most of these cases have only been seen in Japan.
How effective is Tamiflu in preventing or treating the flu?No statements or data concerning Tamiflu’s effectiveness are given in the Roche report. A search of the CDC website did not show anything regarding how well it works. According to this report on a British Medical Journal article, Roche has refused to hand over clinical trial data on the effectiveness of Tamiflu:
In 2009, the BMJ and researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Centre asked Roche to make all its Tamiflu data available. At the time, Cochrane Centre scientists were commissioned by Britain to evaluate flu drugs. They found no proof that Tamiflu reduced the number of complications in people with influenza. As of January 2013 the data has not been released to them.
Roche is also being investigated by the European Medicines Agency for not properly reporting side effects, including possible deaths, for 19 drugs including Tamiflu that were used in about 80,000 patients in the U.S.
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