Teenage suicides in Japan linked to bird flu drug
A bird flu chemotherapeutic is currently under investigation in
Japan after yet another juvenile has committed suicide, after taking the
The teenager who jumped 11 storeys to his death, is the 18th fatality in 17
months linked to Tamiflu
Tamiflu, an anti-viral drug, is regarded as the most important shield against
bird flu in humans. The Ministry of Health
, Labour and Welfare has asked the Japanese
importer of Tamiflu to collect information about the conditions of patients who
take the drug. The drug is only available by prescription.
The 14-year-old boy's death follows a similar case two weeks ago, when a
girl also 14, died after jumping from an apartment building at Gamagori, in
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