san, thanks for the pointer to the news item that cipla is bringing out a generic version of flu medicine. good for yusuf hamied of cipla. he has stood up to the big pharma majors before and forced them to back off in the AIDS drugs case. he offered the drug cocktail at $1/day while the other guys wanted to sell them at like $100/day. now they all offer the drugs at $1/day.
i am hearing alarming forecasts about bird flu turning into some kind of pandemic. apparently previous epidemics like SARS and the 1918 huge flu epidemic have been found to be related to bird flu. so it might be a good idea to avoid eating chicken, especially in india because it is quite likely that birds with the disease meant for incineration will be imported into india by unscrupulous people.