Monday, May 19, 2014

Tamiflu: A Waste of Time

And money:
"So does Tamiflu work? From the Cochrane analysis – fully public – Tamiflu does not reduce the number of hospitalisations. There wasn't enough data to see if it reduces the number of deaths. It does reduce the number of self-reported, unverified cases of pneumonia, but when you look at the five trials with a detailed diagnostic form for pneumonia, there is no significant benefit. It might help prevent flu symptoms, but not asymptomatic spread, and the evidence here is mixed. It will take a few hours off the duration of your flu symptoms."
The difference in duration could well be just a statistical artifact. Hardly worth the effort, at any rate.

Makes a ketogenic diet sound like a decent alternative!