There is another interesting theory that is begging for our attention. I prefer to call this the lost cousin theory. Tamiflu arising out of the blue as the sole remedy for swine flu has drawn similarities to old Bollywood movies where two brothers get separated in childhood and then when there is a period of crisis they come together to win over the enemy. However the obvious reasons for their unification were propounded through a very popular e-mail from 2006. It claims that Donald Rumsfeld, the former US Defence Secretary, had a major share of the company Gilead Sciences Inc which developed Tamiflu and then later on sold its patent to Roche Laboratories. So he enjoyed the benefits directly or indirectly of the rising company's stock price because Roche pays a royalty of 10 per cent to Gilead. According to sources, Rumsfeld was the chairman of Gilead from the 1997 until the time he joined President Bush`s cabinet. However the Pentagon in a statement issued in 2006 has said that Rumsfeld has no relationship with Gilead beyond his investment in the company. Co-relating the former US defence secretary’s involvement along with the fact that the swine flu virus is an artificially created pathogen will surely raise a few eyebrows.
The other substantial claim is that Tamiflu does not cure the flu rather it can only reduce the severity of it. There are also reports of side effects that this one stop remedy hides within its fold. However the world has not bothered to give much attention to such hearsay. Almost 60 countries including India are among their elite customer list thanks to organisations like WHO. A company which failed to produce substantial turnarounds in profit for a larger part of its history is however on a path of grievance redress and revival. In the last five years, their sales and stock market prices have been unmatched by many of the reputed pharmaceutical companies. When all this information is put together to make the complete jigsaw, we are faced with certain tough questions for which answers remain unknown. We may even take the liberty of dismissing these theories as obscure facts. But if it was after all a business strategy then we should know that prevention is always better than cure.
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