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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old October 10th, 2005, 15:48 Thread Starter
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Tamiflu Roche and the possible worldwide epidemy of bird flu

I had no idea of a possible world wide epidemy of the bird flu, but since a couple of days Im hearing more and more how countries and some individuals are stocking up on antiviral from Roche, Tamiflu, the only medication that is eficient enough for this virus. A box with 10 tablets goes for U$70 in America, and in Brasil U$45. Seems Roche would never be able to meet the demand, here in Brasil their stocks to make such remedy are being heavily guarded they even fear that the governament might confiscate them in a crises, also Roche has stated that it would take almost two years to produce Tamiflu in a large scale;

This all seems rather blown out of proportion and it comes in a intesrest time when researchers of the unfluenza which killed millions found that the virus was very similar to the asian bird flu of today.

Do you guys think its more a comercial intesrest then actually a real pandemia?

http://edition.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/1....ap/index.html
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It would seem quite similar to the Gray Death/Ambrosia plot of Deus Ex, doesn't it?

Still, such a thing isn't very likely I think. Unlike with the Spanish flu, people nowadays are much better informed about it and can take measures to prevent it from spreading and becoming a pandemic.

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I dont quite remember the plot, but probably had something to do with a lab making the virus and the cure for a desease

anyway I dont know about the coverage about this flu, but here just this weekend all the major newspapers had a one page story about the possibilities of such pandemic.
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