JAPANESE health authorities are investigating a flu medicine that is also available in Australia after a teenager jumped 11 storeys to his death after taking the drug. It was the 18th juvenile fatality linked to Tamiflu in 17 months. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has asked the Japanese importer of Tamiflu, an anti-viral drug regarded as the most important shield against bird flu in humans, to collect information about the conditions of patients who take the drug.

Posted Feb 28, 2007 08:51 AM (external - login to view) PST
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In May of 2006, as reported at www.avianinfluenza.org (external - login to view), the US sent a "stockpile of the antiviral drug Tamiflu to Asia as a first defense against a possible flu pandemic."
Mike Leavitt, U.S. secretary of health and human services, said Washington has shipped treatment courses of Tamiflu to a secure location in an unnamed Asian country." This is the same flu vaccine that the US has been stockpiling against pandemic influenza here in the US.
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