March 1, 2007
JAPANESE health authorities are investigating a flu medication also available in Australia after a teenager who took it jumped 11 storeys to his death — at least the 18th juvenile fatality linked to the drug in 17 months.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has asked the Japanese importer of Tamiflu, an anti-viral drug regarded as the most important shield against bird flu in humans, to collect information about the conditions of patients who take it.
The 14-year-old boy’s death follows a similar case two weeks ago when a girl of the same age died after jumping from an apartment building at Gamagori in central Japan.
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