December 17, 2009
Millions of healthy people and their doctors have flocked to use the anti-flu drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir) in the hope that it will prevent death or other serious complications of the flu. In October, record numbers of prescriptions, 2.5 million for Tamiflu, manufactured by Roche, were filled in the U.S. This is more than 70 times higher than the 35,000 prescriptions filled in October, 2008. For the last 12 months, there were 6.8 million prescriptions filled, compared with 4.3 million the previous 12 months.