British Medical Journal Takes Roche To Task On Tamiflu

LONDON (November 12, 2012)--A leading British medical journal is asking the drug maker Roche to release all of its data on the flu drug Tamiflu, claiming there is insufficient information on its safety.

Dozens of governments worldwide have stockpiled the drug in case of a global flu outbreak and Tamiflu was widely used during the 2009 swine flu pandemic.

On Monday, one of the researchers linked to the BMJ called for European governments to sue Roche.

"I suggest we boycott Roche's products until they publish missing Tamiflu data," wrote Peter Gotzsche, leader of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen.

In a statement, Roche said it had complied with all legal requirements on publishing data and provided Gotzsche and his colleagues with 3,200 pages of information to answer their questions.

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