Rumsfeld Ties to Tamiflu Corp.
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Friday, October 21, 2005 - FreeMarketNews.com
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> Readers can be helpful, and one just wrote in to inform us of a link that
> we had never imagined - Donald Rumsfeld, until he resigned and joined the
> Bush Administration, was the chairman of something called Gilead which
> happened to make something called Tamiflu.
> Now anyone who hasn't been on Mars for the last month or two, knows that
> there were only two things that were going to stop the human version of
> bird flu. One was a bird flu vaccine (which probably would work better if
> you were a bird) and the other was something called Tamiflu. Yes, that
> Tamiflu. In such short supply that the hundreds of millions of orders that
> have been pouring into Gilead probably won't be filled for another 12
> months or so. But everyone has got to have it because somehow or other it
> became established that Tamiflu really worked.
> This was the party line, anyway, for about a week, until word began
> trickling back in that maybe Tamiflu didn't work. In fact, the word on
> Tamiflu has always been positive at first and then eventually negative.
> It's a kind of pattern. We even find corroboration of it here on the
> Democrats.com, in what appears to be either a chat room or news roundup as
> follows, "Rummy was CEO of Gilead Sciences until named to the Bush cabinet
> and, like Cheney, still has ties that bind to the 'old company.' Now isn't
> it an 'amazing coincidence' that the drug Tamiflu patented by Gilead
> Sciences is being pushed by the National Institutes of Allergies and
> Infectious Diseases as the NUMBER ONE choice for flu, which, wonder of
> wonders, is sweeping through in one epidemic after another."
> The post from January '04 adds, "Tamiflu is now also being recommended to
> fight avian flu ... Scroll through this NIAID page and you will find
> Tamiflu listed as ahead of all other recommended drugs for both prevention
> and treatment of flu. Trouble is, Gilead has been accused of rigging the
> trials of Tamiflu as a preventive treatment. Meanwhile Gilead is making a
> The post then gives the following link:
> We bet Gilead is still making a killing as is Big Pharma. Please notice
> that the orders are in, the hysteria has died down a bit. Perhaps
> is too busy counting the money. Or perhaps it was never about anything BUT
> the money. We weren't entirely sure, but we knew that none of it passed
> old "smell test." In fact, in serial articles we claimed that bird flu
> probably wasn't going to turn into human flu anytime soon, that even if it
> did, it didn't mean that the world was in for a dose of 1918 influenza all
> over again. We just couldn't believe that the people bringing us Spanish
> Influenza Redux - with all the hype and horror - were remotely qualified
> bring us even the opening of an envelope.
> We questioned everything, even whether 1918 was all just the fault of a
> virus. Didn't seem likely to us then and doesn't now - especially since
> we've come to understand what hygiene was like for the soldiers coming
> from the war, how vaccine providers apparently unloaded their stock after
> the war, lowering immunities, etc. and, finally how the new miracle drug,
> aspirin, was all the rage, prescribed by medical parishioners everywhere.
> Aspirin lowers fevers and allows flu to build until it bursts out all over
> the body with renewed and potentially mortal violence.
> And that brings us to today. Bird flu still rages and, yes, it may mutate
> into human flu at some point and cause death, many deaths, or fewer
> no one knows. It may indeed sweep around the world. But of more worry
> immediately were moves of civil authorities to float trial balloons about
> mandatory vaccination and to start sending vials of superflu bugs around
> the world in the name of science. We demanded that our viewers call the
> Capitol Hill and get out the word that the government was to cease testing
> new vaccines, cease ordering TamiFlu and bird flu vaccine, neither of
> work or will work against whatever it is that bird flu will turn into.
> Which at least some in government would love because then they could turn
> the President's apparent yen for martial law into reality. And Bush could
> use some martial law about now. Hell, he could use anything, maybe even a
> good book.
> We hoped that this latest epidemic of hysteria would finally force the
> government to come clean about other remedies - super doses of Vitamin C
> and even the use of silver as an antidote. We're still waiting. Sigh.
> staff reports - Free-Market News Network