Mediathek

Conflicts of Interest in Public Health

Fiona Godlee, editor in chief, British Medical Journal, London

In 2009 a flu pandemic started: The H1N1 virus, more commonly known as the “swine flu” was on the rise. The British government spent over 500 million pounds to stockpile the anti-viral drug oseltamivir, better known under its brand name “Tamiflu”. The problem is: Oseltamivir seems to not do anything to significantly reduce the effects of the flu...

How is it possible that governments worldwide spent millions of dollars on a drug that had not been sufficiently proven to be effective? This is the story at the heart of Fiona Godlee’s talk “Conflicts of Interest in Public Health”.

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