Swine Flu Drug Administered By NHS Raises Concerns

Swine Flu Drug Administered By NHS Raises ConcernsThe data obtained by the BBC indicates that among the people, who got anti-flu medication by using swine flu hotline and website, only 12% actually suffered from the disease.

The information reveals that more than 1.1m people collected the drugs, after they were diagnosed by the National Pandemic Flu Service. These drugs can cause the side effects like nausea.

The figures were received after a request under freedom of information. The information reveals that out of 16,560 people, who were swabbed, only 1,932 people were tested positive for the virus.

The Patients Association disclosed that the outcome has caused apprehensions over the accuracy of the system used.

Last July, the service was started when the pandemic was at its peak. It was the first such instance, when prescription drugs were given out wholly by the NHS, without the patient getting advice from the physician.

People, who were unwell, were made to undergo an electronic check-list. The patients, who showed symptoms of swine flu, were provided with a coupon number, in order to get anti-viral drugs, which would treat the illness.

The drugs administered to the patients were Relenza and Tamiflu.