- Note - As Dr. Henry Niman, PhD and Dr. Patricia Doyle,
DVM have been saying since last April on my program, Tamiflu is, indeed,
essentially worthless ... as are any potential human vaccines being talked
about and developed. It is encouraging to see others coming forward with
the same data and opinion. - Jeff Rense
- LONDON (UPI) -- A Vietnamese
doctor with experience in treating avian flu says Tamiflu, the drug being
stockpiled for treatment of avian flue is useless against the virus.
- Dr. Nguyen Tuong Van of the Centre for Tropical Diseases
in Hanoi has treated 41 victims of H5N1, following World Health Organization
guidelines and administering Tamiflu to her patients. She told the Sunday
Times of London the medicine had no effect.
- "We place no importance on using this drug on our
patients," she said. "Tamiflu is really only meant for treating
ordinary type A flu. It was not designed to combat H5N1."
- The newspaper said the finding casts doubt on the British
government's pandemic flu policy. The nation's top medical official, Sir
Liam Donaldson, has ordered 15 million doses of Tamiflu be stockpiled.
- Van said the only way to keep avian flu patients alive
is to "support" all their vital organs -- including the liver
and kidneys -- with modern technology like ventilators and dialysis machines,
the Sunday Times reported.
- The WHO has acknowledge Tamiflu had not been "widely
successful in human patients," but said it believes it would have
been more effective in many Asian countries if it had been used earlier
in the illness.
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