Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Possible link between flu drugs, deaths and hallucinations

From the Calgary Herald:
Health officials are investigating whether Relenza - a drug provinces have stockpiled in case of a pandemic flu outbreak - can be linked to fatal reactions or abnormal behaviour in children.

Dr. Patricia Huston, interim director of pandemic preparedness for the Public Health Agency of Canada, confirmed Monday that pandemic flu experts are studying the matter with Health Canada.

The investigation is a response to recently updated safety warnings issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Relenza. In March, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline updated Relenza's safety labels after children in Japan were reported to suffer from delirium, hallucinations. Some died after injuring themselves. ...more

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