Reported Tamiflu Conflict of Interest
The TV4 documentary program “Kalla fakta” is reporting that while the pharmaceutical company Roche sold nearly 3 million dollars worth of the influenza medicine Tamiflu to Sweden, experts at the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control were doing work for Roche.
The program, scheduled for broadcast Sunday evening, will reportedly present widespread criticism from the Swedish academic and research communities of Roche’s marketing methods for Tamiflu, as well as the company’s claims for its effectiveness.
According to “Kalla fakta” Roche paid more than 50,000 dollars in fees, which the institute has used for computers, travel, and staff parties.
One of those who at the institute who has done work for Roche is Annika Linde, one of Sweden’s foremost influenza experts. She tells TV4 there was no conflict of interest involved, everything was carried out in accordance with the institute’s guidelines, and that it was another government agency that bought the flu medicine from Roche.