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US nurses warned that Tamiflu may increase risk of self harm

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US nurses and doctors have been warned that the anti-flu drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), which has been stockpiled around the world ahead of a potential bird flu pandemic, may be at increased risk of self harm and confusions.

US nurses and doctorshave been warned that the anti-flu drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), which has been stockpiled around the world ahead of a potential bird flu pandemic, may be at increased risk of self harm and confusions.

The move follows reports, most of which have come from Japan about suchincidents after popele have taken the drug.

The UK's drugs watchdog told NTthat there had been two reports of adverse reactions associated with the drug in the UK since it came on to the market in 2002.

A spokesperson for the European drugs regulator, which licensed oseltamivir said that it had already asked manufacturer's Roche to alter the information given to European and UK prescribers at the end of September, whichwas 'expected shortly'.

But he emphasised that it was not known if oseltamivir caused these side effects.

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