Japan To Probe Purported Tamiflu Child Suicides

Law360, New York (February 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Japanese officials ordered an investigation on Tuesday into Tamiflu, a blockbuster antiviral drug that governments have been stockpiling against a possible influenza pandemic, after a boy on the medication committed suicide.

Tamiflu, also known as oseltamivir, has been linked to 64 cases of psychological disorders and two teen suicides in Japan thus far.

Currently marketed by Swiss pharmaceutical company Hoffman-La Roche, it is considered the first line of defense against the avian flu, even though the World Health Organization has published reports questioning its usefulness....
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