Ten Canadians die after taking bird flu vaccine
Following reports that patients taking Tamiflu can
exhibit dangerous behaviour, news has surfaced that ten Canadians have died and
at least 74 had adverse reactions after taking the flu drug.
been criticised for not issuing a public update about the drug sooner.
The product's prescribing guidelines now indicate that taking the drug can
lead to strange behaviours, including hallucinations, delirium and
Among those taking the drug who have exhibited dangerous behaviour, there
have been 25 reported deaths around the world in the most recent one-year
Health Canada said it has "not received any such reports" of abnormal
behaviour among young people in Canada.
But it has asked Tamiflu's producer, Roche
, to include updated information about possible adverse
reactions on its Canadian labels.
Sheila Fraser's report released Tuesday
included criticism that Health Canada doesn't issue timely and accurate health
warnings to the public on a variety of issues.
Health Canada representatives said mismanagement and insufficient funds in
a variety of areas, including drug programmes, could jeopardise public health
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