Flu remedy linked to spate of teen deaths

Justin Norrie, Tokyo
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.


read more at: http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/flu-remedy-linked-to-spate-of-teen-deaths/2007/02/28/1172338709262.html

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