Covid-19: The lost lessons of Tamiflu | The BMJ

The history of the covid-19 pandemic will be strewn not only with lost lives and livelihoods but with the bloated carcasses of treatments hyped and bought at great expense, only to be found wanting.How one such treatment reached its costly prominence, despite the already available evidence of its inadequacies, stands as a cautionary tale.1 It also shows how little or how slowly we learn. The remdesivir story shares many common features with the saga of Tamiflu (oseltamivir), the drug that cost the world billions of dollars during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Both drugs had failed in earlier settings. …

Source: Covid-19: The lost lessons of Tamiflu | The BMJ