Pharmaceutical lobbying and pandemic stockpiling of Tamiflu: a qualitative study of arguments and tactics

by Andreas Vilhelmsson and Shai Mulinari
Journal of Public Health, Published: 09 August 2017

6 pp. 133 kB
https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/article-
pdf/doi/10.1093/pubmed/fdx101/19489487/fdx101.pdf

Little is known about how pharmaceutical companies lobby authorities or experts regarding procurement or the use of vaccines and antivirals. This paper investigates how members of Denmark’s pandemic planning committee experienced lobbying efforts by Roche, manufacturer of Tamiflu, the antiviral that was stockpiled before the 2009 A(H1N1) pandemic. Roche lobbied directly (in its own name) and through a seemingly independent third party. The study highlights risks posed by pharmaceutical lobbying. Arguments and tactics deployed by Roche are likely to be repeated whenever many countries are negotiating drug procurements in a monopolistic market.

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