posted on Apr, 29 2009 @ 09:57 PM
I'll admit, I am curious to know the mechanics of why a company would predict such a jump in sales for these flu meds.
Sounds to me like Tamiflu and Relenza might just be the replacement drug of choice for the common flu bug? What is/was the previous med of choice, I
wonder? (googles it)
Flu Treatments The flu, like the common cold, is caused by a virus, so antibiotics don't work against it. However, there are many antiviral
medications that can be used to treat the flu and may help your child to get better a few days faster. In general, they are only effective if started
within 1-2 days of your child's symptoms beginning. Flu medications include:
* Relenza (Zanamivir) - a Diskhaler that is given by inhalation to children over the age of seven years. It is effective against Influenza type A and
* Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) - available as a capsule or oral suspension and can be used as a flu treatment and prevention in children over the age of 1
years and adults. It is effective against Influenza type A and B.
* Symmetrel (Amantadine) - an older medication that is only effective against Influenza type A and can be used to prevent and treat the flu in
children over 12 months of age
* Flumadine (Rimantadine) - also only effective against type A Influenza and it is only approved for use to prevent the flu in children under 10
years, and not as a flu treatment. Because of problems with resistance, the CDC recommends that doctors not prescribe amantadine and rimantadine to
prevent or treat flu any longer.
So, Relenza and Tamiflu it is, but this doesn't explain why just a huge jump in the quantity unless they had to wait multiple years for the present
stockpile to be used...in which case it would.
I know an oncology nurse who used to work for Genentech and when we passed the Roche Winery in Napa, she mentioned they'd bought Genentech or were in
the process, so I googled it:
In a phone interview, Roche Chairman Franz Humer said the deal would create "the best health-care company in the world," with the largest
resources in biotech research. "I don't think we do have a competitor now that can compete on a global scale with what we have."
Is it just good smart business, I wonder?
I really really really hope there isn't the kind of nefarious conspiracy that some of us fear as we read into this kinda stuff.
That would be a bit closer to the plot of a show I like to watch called Fringe for my liking.