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Ministers ‘wasted millions on stockpile of swine flu drugs for epidemic that never arrived’

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Daily Mail
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ministers wasted millions of pounds on a vast stockpile of medicine for a swine flu pandemic which never materialised, it emerged today.

The massive overspend could have been avoided if the Government had insisted on break clauses in a key contract with the manufacturer.

Instead, the taxpayer was saddled with a staggering £1.2billion bill – the vast majority of which went on vaccine, antibiotics and anti-virals.

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In a report into the crisis published today, Dame Deirdre Hine concluded that the reaction to last year’s outbreak was ‘proportionate and effective.’

But she highlighted the lack of flexibility in a contract between the Department of Health and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and noted that this was an area where lessons could be learned.

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Much of the unused medicine has now been sent to the developing world.

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This article was posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 8:12 am





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