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Government should 'review use of anti-flu drug Tamiflu'

Ministers should review the use of a widely used anti-flu medication, scientists have said after new research has questioned the efficacy of the drug. The Government may have wasted hundreds of millions on stockpiling Tamiflu, the report added.

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Use of anti-flu medicine Tamiflu 'should be reviewed'

A widely used anti-flu medication should be reviewed by ministers, scientists said after new research questioned the efficacy of the drug.

Widely used anti-flu medication Tamiflu should be reviewed. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

Tamiflu, which is used to prevent and treat influenza, shortens flu symptoms by between a day and half a day, the study suggested.

However, the authors said there is "no good evidence" to support claims the drug reduces flu-related hospital admissions or the complications of influenza.

Taking the drug could increase a person's risk of nausea and vomiting, researchers from The Cochrane Collaboration and the British Medical Journal also claimed.

And when used as a preventative treatment it can stop people developing flu symptoms but may not prevent them from spreading flu to others, the authors said.

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