Report: U.K. facing $100M compensation payout relating to GSK’s swine flu vaccine Read more: Report: U.K. facing $100M compensation payout relating to GSK’s swine flu vaccine
The United Kingdom has lagged behind some of its European neighbors in compensating people who developed narcolepsy after receiving GlaxoSmithKline’s ($GSK) swine flu vaccine. While Finland agreed to pay out in 2011, the U.K. was still knocking back claimants in 2012. Now, though, the U.K. government is reportedly readying to pay 60 people $1.7 million each.
News of the compensation comes 6 months after U.K. welfare minister Iain Duncan Smith wrote that “on the balance of probability, vaccination has contributed to … disablement.” The acceptance of the likelihood of a link between GSK’s Pandemrix and narcolepsy opened the door to claimants, but statutory compensation in the U.K. is capped at $200,000. A lawyer representing some of the 100 people has pushed for more, though, and according to The Sunday Times has succeeded. A payout of at least $1.7 million each is expected.
“There has never been a case like this before. The victims of this vaccine have an incurable and lifelong condition and will require extensive medication,” Peter Todd, a lawyer who represented many of the claimants, told The Sunday Times. The majority of the cases involve children, but 6 healthcare workers are also seeking compensation. When swine flu was at its height in 2009, the U.K. National Health Service encouraged all frontline health workers to get vaccinated. By January 2010 one-third had received the shot.
Brain-Damaged UK Victims of Swine Flu Vaccine to Get £60 Million Compensation
Patients who suffered brain damage as a result of taking a swine flu vaccine are to receive multi-million-pound payouts from the UK government.
The government is expected to receive a bill of approximately £60 million, with each of the 60 victims expected to receive about £1 million each.
Peter Todd, a lawyer who represented many of the claimants, told the Sunday Times: “There has never been a case like this before. The victims of this vaccine have an incurable and lifelong condition and will require extensive medication.”
Following the swine flu outbreak of 2009, about 60 million people, most of them children, received the vaccine.
It was subsequently revealed that the vaccine, Pandemrix, can cause narcolepsy and cataplexy in about one in 16,000 people, and many more are expected to come forward with the symptoms.
Across Europe, more than 800 children are so far known to have been made ill by the vaccine.
Narcolepsy affects a person’s sleeping cycle, leaving them unable to sleep for more than 90 minutes at a time, and causing them to fall unconscious during the day. The condition damages mental function and memory, and can lead to hallucinations and mental illness.
Cataplexy causes a person to lose consciousness when they are experiencing heightened emotion, including when they are laughing.
The Pandemrix vaccine was manufactured by pharmaceuticals giant Glaxo Smith Kline, which refused to supply governments unless it was indemnified against any claim for damage caused. The company will pay the bill, and claim the money back from the government.
“There’s no doubt in my mind whatsoever that Pandemrix increased the occurrence of narcolepsy onset in children in some countries – and probably in most countries,” Emmanuelle Mignot, a specialist in sleep disorder at Stanford University in the United States told Reuters.
Mignot has been paid by GSK to research the effects of the drug.
Among those affected are NHS medical staff, many of whom are now unable to do their jobs because of the symptoms brought on by the vaccine. They will be suing the government for millions in lost earnings.
However, the vast majority of patients affected – around 80% – are children.
Among them is Josh Hadfield, 8, from Somerset, who is on anti-narcolepsy drugs costing £15,000 a year to help him stay awake during the school day.
“If you make him laugh, he collapses. His memory is shot. There is no cure. He says he wishes he hadn’t been born. I feel incredibly guilty about letting him have the vaccine,” said his mother Caroline Hadfield, 43.
Despite a 2011 warning from the European Medicines Agency against using the vaccine on those under 20 and a study indicating a 13-fold heightened risk of narcolepsy in vaccinated children, GSK has refused to acknowledge a link.
“Further research is needed to confirm what role the vaccine may have played in the development of narcolepsy in those affected,” the company said in a statement.
Source: International Business Times, 2nd March 2014 – http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/brain-damaged-uk-victims-swine-flu-vaccine-get-60-million-compensation-1438572
Parents sue Macedonian Govt over vaccinations
Why are vaccinations mandatory to enroll your child in school?
Why a mother of three children cannot receive Governmental benefits for her third child if her first and second are not vaccinated?
These are questions that will have to be answered by the Constitutional Court.
Parents lead by Stamen Filipov filed a lawsuit against the Macedonian Government and Health Ministry whether the current vaccinations laws were constitutional.
Macedonian parents for several years now have debated whether the Government should have the right to tell parents whether they should vaccinate their children considering recent news of vaccines of questionable quality which have resulted in thousands of children developing autism and other disorders.
Macedonia has already registered dozens of cases where parents refuse to vaccinate their children.
Despite this, the Macedonian health ministry claims all of their vaccines were safe. However, last year we witnessed the opening of Macedonia’s Autism Foundation!
Should parents refuse to vaccinate their children, they are looking at a 300 to 650 euros fine. Thus the lawsuit.
Macedonia doesn’t follow specific European trends. In Europe, in 15 countries vaccinations are not mandatory, while in France and Germany only one vaccine is mandatory.
In Macedonia 18 vaccinations and revaccinations are mandatory. Some of the vaccines (ex: diphteria, measles, rubella etc) must be taken several times, in multiple doses. Complete list is available here.
Source: Macedonian International News Agency, 12th March 2014. http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/24856/1/
U.S. Congressman Compares Corruption in CDC’s Vaccine Safety Studies to SEC’s Handling of Bernie Madoff Scandal
In an April 8 interview on AutismOne’s A Conversation of Hope radio show, Congressman Bill Posey’s strong resolve and demands for transparency were evident as he discussed the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s handling of vaccine safety studies which affect “our most precious resource in our nation – our children.” The 30-minute interview, conducted by vaccine industry watchdog, PhD biochemist Brian Hooker, delves into what Posey called “the incestuous relationship between the public health community and the vaccine makers and public officials.”
The Florida legislator, known as “Mr. Accountabililty,” did not mince words when criticizing current and past CDC officials including indicted fraudster Dr. Poul Thorsen; CDC director turned Merck Vaccine President Dr. Julie Gerberding; and the agency’s current spokesperson regarding autism and vaccines, Dr. Coleen Boyle.
On Thorsen, Posey said “If you read through the emails and learned about the meetings and the financial arrangement this crook had with the CDC, it will make you absolutely sick to your stomach. This was no casual researcher way down the line. This is the CDC’s key man in Denmark. He was closely tied to the CDC’s top vaccine safety researchers… as long as Thorsen was cooking the books to produce the results they wanted, they didn’t care whether the studies were valid or how much money was being siphoned off the top…It’s like the Security and Exchange Commission and Bernie Madoff. But it’s worse because we’re talking about someone who basically stole money that was supposed to be used to improve the health and safety of our most vulnerable in our society – our young babies.”
Dr. Hooker remarked that Thorsen had collaborated with the CDC on 36 papers, not just one paper as claimed by Dr. Boyle, and that the agency refused to investigate studies exonerating vaccines’ role in causing autism following his indictment on wire fraud and money laundering. Posey described Boyle as “intentionally evasive,” in his questioning of her at a Congressional hearing. “I asked her a very direct question. ‘Have you done a study comparing autism rates in vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children?…’ She started telling us about everything she’s done …After she wasted three minutes, I cut her off and I demanded that she answer the question. And then, only then, did she admit that the federal government has never done that very simple, fundamental, basic study.”
About Boyle’s denial of a true increase in autism, Posey said, “I know we have an autism epidemic. You know it. She knows it. She knows we know it. But for some reason they refuse to acknowledge it publicly.” Regarding Boyle’s assertion that the increase is due to better diagnosing, Posey said, “I don’t think anybody that’s intellectually honest with this issue can begin to fathom that lame excuse that she uses.” He also described an orchestrated campaign on behalf of the CDC and vaccine industry: “people who do all the blogging and shredding anyone who dares question the unaccountable bureaucrats.” He spoke of “their little media network [that will] twist the truth to disparage, to malign, to vilify, to denigrate anybody who wants any kind of accountability….”
Posey then discussed his co-sponsorship with Rep. Carolyn Maloney of the Vaccine Safety Study Act. He said the proposed legislation would compel the government to conduct a retrospective vaccinated vs. unvaccinated study of health outcomes. He felt it could be done with “accountability and direct oversight of the government”
In his closing remarks, Posey said, “The CDC can’t be trusted regarding investigating vaccine safety. Huge conflict of interest. I think the CDC should be investigated.”
Barry Segal, founder of Focus Autism, which sponsors Dr. Hooker’s investigative research, called the interview “a game changer.”
Representative Bill Posey is serving his third term in Florida’s 8th Congressional District. He serves on the Committee for Science, Space and Technology. He was instrumental in the release of CDC documents regarding a link between vaccines and autism. These papers are now being analyzed by several researchers, including Dr. Brian Hooker.
Brian Hooker, PhD, PE, has 15 years experience in the field of bioengineering and is an associate professor at Simpson University where he specializes in biology and chemistry. His over 50 science and engineering papers have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hooker has a son, aged 16, who developed normally but then regressed into autism after receiving Thimerosal (mercury-containing) vaccines.
The Focus Autism Foundation is dedicated to providing information that exposes the cause or causes of the autism epidemic and the rise of chronic illnesses – focusing specifically on the role of vaccinations. A Shot of Truth is an educational website sponsored by Focus Autism. AutismOne is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides education and supports advocacy efforts for children and families touched by an autism diagnosis.
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Hospital Ordered to Pay Higher Compensation after They Killed Newborn with Vaccines
The Tiruvallur district consumer disputes redressal forum, where the father of the child first filed the complaint, had earlier ordered a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh.
A couple who lost their 42-day-old child, nearly 10 years ago, due to wrong administration of vaccination at a private hospital has been awarded Rs. 3 lakh compensation by the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (SCDRC).
The Tiruvallur district forum, where the father of the child first filed the complaint, had earlier ordered a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh.
- Dhanasekaran of Manali New Town said his wife delivered a boy at Dr. Durga Nursing Home, Avadi, on January 26, 2003, and underwent sterilisation operation a day later. The baby died, on March 10, after it was administered immunisation vaccines at the same hospital.
SCDRC said it was inclined to raise the compensation to Rs. 3 lakh taking into consideration the inability of the complainant’s wife to have children in the future.
Source: The Hindu, 5th April 2014 – http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/clinic-asked-to-pay-more-damages-to-couple/article5872975.ece
Court orders Rs 3 lakh for parents of child who died after vaccination
Meant to immunize an infant from fatal diseases, vaccines took away the life of a 42-day-old boy. Eleven years after the tragedy, the state consumer commission held an hospital and the doctor guilty of negligence, and awarded a compensation of 3 lakh to the child’s parents.
K Dhanasekaran of Manali had admitted his wife in Dr Durga Nursing Home, Avadi, where she delivered a boy on January 26, 2003. The next day, she underwent a sterilisation operation and was discharged on January 30. As part of post-natal care, she took the infant to the hospital for vaccination. However, after the boy was administered Diptheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DPT) and Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV), he died.
The same year, Dhanasekaran moved District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum claiming the hospital had used expired medicines. The hospital doctor denied the claim and said the vaccine had been given after “observing necessary formalities.” The boy died “unexpectedly due to sudden development,” it said.
In 2011, the forum said the hospital was not equipped with a storage system to preserve the medicines and did not have the necessary gadgets. It also did not have an ambulance. In its verdict, the forum fined the hospital 1 lakh.
Against the order, both Dhanasekaran and the hospital approached the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. While the hospital sought to quash the order, Dhanasekaran asked for enhancing the compensation.
The court said the hospital should have “arrangements to get immediate and emergency services from other capable and speciality institutions” in case of an emergency. It also said Dr A Vijaya Varma, who was managing the affairs of the hospital, too was liable for paying compensation.
Source: Times of India, 5th April 2014 – http://m.timesofindia.com/city/chennai/Court-orders-Rs-3-lakh-for-parents-of-child-who-died-after-vaccination/articleshow/33255146.cms
This is another report of the death above.
Settlement for Saba Button, severely disabled after flu vaccine
The family of a West Australian child left severely disabled after receiving a flu jab has reached a settlement with the vaccine’s manufacturer and the State Government.
Saba Button suffered brain and organ damage after getting the Fluvax shot when she was 11 months old in 2010.
Her parents launched legal action in the Federal Court against the vaccine’s manufacturer, CSL Limited.
CSL cross-claimed against the State of WA and the Health Minister.
All parties have reached a confidential settlement which has today been accepted by Federal Court Justice Michael Barker.
Saba’s father, Mick Button, said it had been a long battle for compensation.
“Today is a bittersweet feeling for us,” he said.
“It’s a relief to have the legal case behind us.
“We now have the ability to be able to supply Saba with the care, the therapy, the equipment, all the things that she needs to give her the best quality of life.”
Her mother Kirsten Button said she was relieved the legal action had been finalised.
“It doesn’t matter how much you have because you can’t buy your health but it is a good outcome, and the fact that it’s settled, we’re quite a strong family and we have moved forward but I think having that hanging over your head as such can be stressful so now we can move forward knowing that it’s all over.”
Mr Button said the funds would help Saba continue ongoing therapy and explore new options both in Australia and overseas.
“This doesn’t just stop now, once all the cameras are gone, it’s back to business and we’ve got a lot to do with Saba,” he said.
Problems with flu vaccine sparked national ban
In his judgement, Justice Barker said Saba had suffered hypoxic brain injury and consequential, severe disabilities.
“Her life expectancy has been significantly shortened,” he said.
“Her disabilities are profound and permanent.
“She will require constant care for the remainder of her life.”
The settlement is described as “a substantial figure, plus a contribution towards legal costs” and is believed to be worth millions of dollars.
Health Minister Kim Hames said he was pleased the matter had been resolved and wished the Button family well.
Hundreds of children suffered adverse reactions after they were given the flu shot in 2010 with many of them taken to hospital.
It led to an Australia-wide suspension of the vaccination for children under five.
Authorities were criticised for not acting quickly enough to advise GPs of the problems or identifying that there was an issue.
An independent report, compiled by a former chief medical officer, criticised both Commonwealth and state health authorities for the way they dealt with the incident.
Fluvax has since been banned for children under the age of five.
Source: ABC News, 8th June 2014 – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-06/settlement-for-saba-button-severely-disabled-by-flu-vaccine/5505632
Novartis exec ‘orchestrated swine-flu fraud’
Prosecutors in Siena in charge of a suspected fraud case at Swiss multinational Novartis believe that its vaccine division swindled the Italian health ministry out of 2.7 million euros in 2012 by inflating the price of a component of its H1N1 swine flu vaccine. The health ministry ordered the suspension of vaccine supplies in 2010 after the swine flu emergency abated. A vaccination campaign to immunize up to 40% of Italy’s 60 million people began in November 2009 after Italy reported six deaths related to swine flu over the previous months. The CEO of Novartis’s vaccine division, Francesco Gulli, is under investigation and two Italian plants of the Swiss multinational were searched Friday. Prosecutors have also accused the multinational’s division Novartis Vaccines Diagnostics of failing to adopt precautions to prevent the suspected fraud. The probe is connected to another investigation in Siena over a suspected tax fraud at the company. Friday’s was not the first Italian probe to hit the Swiss pharmaceutical giant. Ealier this month finance police searched the offices of the Italian Medicines Agency (Aifa), the authority responsible for drug regulation in the country, as part of a criminal probe into Swiss pharmaceutical companies Roche and Novartis for alleged market manipulation and fraud. The companies are suspected of collusion to hamper use of a cheap eye drug in favour of a more expensive one. The alleged cartel promoting Novartis’s Lucentis over Roche’s Avastin is believed to have cost Italy’s national health service over 45 million euros in 2012 alone, while future costs could potentially reach 600 million euros a year. When news of the probe emerged in March Italian consumer association Codacons said it would ask the country’s audit court to verify whether Aifa had acted negligently in the affair. On March 5 Italy’s Antitrust authority fined Novartis and Roche a total of over 180 million euros for alleged collusion to manipulate the market in Italy. “The two companies made an illegal agreement to hamper the spread of the use of a very cheap pharmaceutical, (Roche’s) Avastin, in the treatment of the most widespread eye pathology among the elderly and other serious eye diseases, to favour a much more expensive product, (Novartis’s) Lucentis, artificially differentiating the two products,” read an Antitrust statement. It added that this had cost the Italian national health service over 45 million euros in 2012 alone and that the additional costs in the future could potentially reach 600 million euros a year. Novartis, which was fined 92 million euros, and Roche, which was handed a 90.5-million-euro penalty, have both said the accusations are groundless and will appeal to the administrative courts.
Source: Gazzetta Del Sud, 20th June 2014 – http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/english/97312/Novartis-exec–orchestrated-swine-flu-fraud-.html
Nurse Sues Hospital after They Force her to Take Shot she’s Allergic to
A nurse is suing a South Charleston hospital claiming she was forced to get a flu shot or risk losing her job, even though she says she is severely allergic to the vaccine.
Susan Dean says in a lawsuit filed last week in Kanawha County Circuit Court that she is now disabled because Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Hospital, her employer of more than 30 years, required her to prove she is allergic to the flu vaccine — when staff there should have known.
Dean’s lawsuit asks that in addition to her being awarded damages, medical professionals be required to undergo training to deal with employees’ allergic to the vaccine. Paige Johnson, spokeswoman for Thomas, said Tuesday the hospital’s policy is one used by most medical facilities and was set by The Joint Commission, an independent national organization that certifies thousands of health care organizations.
According to the lawsuit, Dean had an immediate allergic reaction after being administered the flu shot by a Thomas nurse 15 years ago. The nurse witnessed the reaction, the suit alleges, in which Dean experienced shortness of breath, which was exacerbated by her asthma.
Dean was out of work for a month after that episode and prescribed various medications to recover, the complaint written by attorney Lonnie Simmons states.
Because of her reaction around 1999, Dean wasn’t asked to take the flu vaccine again until 2012, according to the complaint. Dean provided a letter from Dr. Leo B. Gibson stating she shouldn’t have the vaccine because of severe allergies and the matter was resolved.
Last September, the hospital implemented a new policy about vaccines, according to the lawsuit, and a nurse came to Dean to tell her “she had bad news for her.”
The new policy meant hospital officials would no longer take an employee’s word for it that they are allergic to the vaccine.
According to the policy, “All healthcare workers including contract staff, students, volunteers and chaplains at the Thomas Health System are mandated to receive yearly influenza vaccinations.”
Exemptions would be granted only if an employee had a statement from a doctor saying the employee was allergic to eggs, to be verified through allergy testing at the employee’s expense; a previous episode of Gullian-Barre, a rare disorder where the body’s immune system attacks its nervous system, or upon recommendation from an OB/GYN for a pregnant employee.
Johnson said the policy also allows exemptions for religious reasons. The policy is still in effect at the hospital, Johnson said. She wouldn’t comment about the pending litigation, but said the hospital carefully considers exemption cases.
“We have an entire team of infection control nurses and they are very aware of individual situations and we make provisions for those,” Johnson said.
If an employee refused to have the vaccination and wasn’t found to be exempt based on the hospital’s criteria, they would first be suspended without pay for 30 days and be allowed during that time to become compliant. If the employee remained noncompliant they would be fired at the end of the suspension period.
Dean’s lawsuit says that she is not allergic to eggs and that she told nurses at the hospital that the doctor who treated her 15 years prior had told her if she had another flu vaccine “it may kill her.”
During that conversation, according to the lawsuit, the nurse handed Dean the new policy.
Because she had so many years invested in her job, Dean went forward with allergy testing on Oct. 7, 2013. Medical personnel in the allergist’s office were advised of her history with the vaccine, according to the complaint.
Shortly after the test was administered, Dean’s arm became swollen and red. She was itching, her throat became scratchy, she began sneezing and suffered significant shortness of breath and tightness in her chest and produced yellow sputum.
She was hospitalized for two days after undergoing the allergy test and diagnosed as suffering from acute exacerbation of asthma and reaction to flu vaccine and treated with intravenous steroids and other medications, according to the complaint.
Her symptoms worsened and she was hospitalized on and off again until February, when she was able to return to work.
By April, though, her symptoms flared up again and she was hospitalized for a week, the lawsuit states. Since then, her doctor has ordered her not to go back to work and she continues to, the lawsuit states, a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine.
Dean says she has also been told to avoid crowds because her lungs aren’t strong enough to handle infection, flu or cold.
Source: The Charlston Gazette, 19th August 2014 – http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819148/1101
Priest died after suffering reaction to yellow fever vaccine – inquest hears
Gerard Cusack (71) died on 18 March 2013 as a result of an adverse reaction to the yellow fever vaccine. At the inquest at Dublin Coroner’s Court, Dr. Yap stated that he cautioned Mr Cusack that the chance of a life threatening reaction to the vaccine was one in 100,000.
Merck Whistleblower Suit A Boon to Vaccine Foes Even As It Stresses Importance of Vaccines
Anyone who falls on either side of the debate about vaccines’ alleged potential to cause harm is sure to have heard the big news this week — the unsealing of a whistleblower suit against Merck, filed back in 2010 by two former employees accusing the drugmaker of overstating the effectiveness of its mumps, measles, and rubella vaccine.
The scientists claim Merck defrauded the U.S. government by causing it to purchase an estimated four million doses of mislabeled and misbranded MMR vaccine per year for at least a decade, and helped ignite two recent mumps outbreaks that the allegedly ineffective vaccine was intended to prevent in the first place.
“As the single largest purchaser of childhood vaccines (accounting for more than 50 percent of all vaccine purchasers), the United States is by far the largest financial victim of Merck’s fraud. But the ultimate victims here are the millions of children who every year are being injected with a mumps vaccine that is not providing them with an adequate level of protection against mumps. And while this is a disease the CDC targeted to eradicate by now, the failure in Merck’s vaccine has allowed this disease to linger with significant outbreaks continuing to occur,” the suit alleges.
It refers to a 2006 mumps outbreak in the Midwest, in which 6,500 cases were reported among a highly vaccinated population, and another in 2009, in which 5,000 cases were confirmed. By comparison, the annual average of mumps cases in the U.S. in the two decades preceding the 2006 outbreak was 265; before the introduction of the single-shot Mumpsvax vaccine in 1967, there were approximately 200,000 cases of the disease, according to the 55-page document.
If the accusations are true — thus far Merck has denied wrongdoing — the case would lend credence to the perception held by many that pharmaceutical companies are more interested in pursuing profits and preserving their market share than in protecting consumers’ health.
Specifically, the suit claims Merck manipulated the results of clinical trials beginning in the late 1990s so as to be able to report that the combined mumps vaccine, known as MMR-II (a revised version of the 1971 MMR shot containing a different strain of the rubella virus), is 95 percent effective, in an effort to maintain its exclusive license to manufacture it. This percentage is the benchmark used by the FDA to grant Merck approval to sell its original mumps vaccine in 1967. It is believed by vaccine authorities to guarantee herd immunity for people who have skipped on the shots.
However, instead of reformulating the vaccine whose declining efficacy Merck itself has acknowledged, the company reportedly launched a complicated scheme to adjust its testing technique so that it would yield the desired potency results. The virologists say they witnessed firsthand the fraud and were asked to directly participate in the dishonest testing, which was dubbed “Protocol 007″ and is outlined in great detail in the complaint.
While the Justice Department has refused to rule on the case after conducting its own two-year investigation, the allegations are crucial for a couple of reasons.
Without doubt, if true, they offer an extremely damaging view into the inner process of a company accused of misleading both regulators and consumers about a vital medical product. This is exactly the kind of profit-centered, patient-careless attitude many consumer advocates, vaccine opponents, and non-believers of all stripes ascribe to Big Pharma.
But the suit also serves to remind that vaccines are essential to preventing disease and that any drop in their efficacy is likely to result in disease resurgence and endanger the public’s health.
Unfortunately, what should be a clear distinction between scientific truth and a single alleged case of scientific misconduct is all too readily muddied by anti-vaccination advocates who conflate the two in order to advance their particular kind of dogma.
The opening salvo against immunizations triggered by Merck’s alleged dishonesty comes courtesy of the International Medical Council on Vaccination, an association of medical professionals that lobbies against vaccines.
Source: Forbes, 27/2012
Class Says Merck Lied About Mumps Vaccine
Merck has known for a decade that its mumps vaccine is “far less effective” than it tells the government, and it falsified test results and sold millions of doses of “questionable efficacy,” flooding and monopolizing the market, a primary caregiver claims in a federal antitrust class action.
Alabama-based Chatom Primary Care sued Merck on Monday, the week after the unsealing of a False Claims Act complaint two relators filed in 2010.
Those relators, Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, were Merck virologists who claim in their unsealed complaint that they “witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine’s efficacy findings.”
Krahling and Wlochowski claimed Merck’s scheme caused the United States to pay “hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization.”
“As the largest single purchaser of childhood vaccines (accounting for more than 50 percent of all vaccine purchases), the United States is by far the largest financial victim of Merck’s fraud,” according to the 2010 False Claims Act complaint. “But the ultimate victims here are the millions of children who every year are being injected with a mumps vaccine that is not providing them with an adequate level of protection. And while this is a disease that, according to the Centers for Disease Control (‘CDC’), was supposed to be eradicated by now, the failure in Merck’s vaccine has allowed this disease to linger, with significant outbreaks continuing to occur.”
The United States told a federal judge in April that it did not want to intervenein the False Claims case, but reserved the right to do so later.
Chatom says in its antitrust complaint that Merck falsely claims its mumps vaccine is 95 percent effective.
That claim “deterred and excluded competing manufacturers,” who would enter the risky and expensive vaccine market only if they believed they could craft a better product, Chatom says in its complaint.
Merck is the only manufacturer licensed by the FDA to sell the mumps vaccine in United States, and if it could not show that the vaccine was 95 percent effective, it risked losing its lucrative monopoly, according to the complaint.
That’s why Merck found it critically important to keep claiming such a high efficacy rate, the complaint states.
And, Chatom claims, that’s why Merck went to great lengths, including “manipulating its test procedures and falsifying the test results,” to prop up the bogus figure, though it knew that the attenuated virus from which it created the vaccine had been altered over the years during the manufacturing process, and that the quality of the vaccine had degraded as a result.
Starting in the late 1990s, Merck set out on its sham testing program with the objective of “report[ing] efficacy of 95 percent or higher regardless of the vaccine’s true efficacy,” the complaint states.
Chatom says Merck initially called its testing program Protocol 007.
Under Protocol 007, Merck did not test the vaccine’s ability to protect children against a “wild-type” mumps virus, which is “the type of real-life virus against which vaccines are generally tested,” the complaint states.
Instead, Chatom says, Merck tested children’s blood using its own attenuated strain of the virus.
“This was the same mumps strain with which the children were vaccinated,” the complaint states.
That “subverted” the purpose of the testing regime, “which was to measure the vaccine’s ability to provide protection against a disease-causing mumps virus that a child would actually face in real life. The end result of this deviation … was that Merck’s test overstated the vaccine’s effectiveness,” Chatom claims.
Merck also added animal antibodies to blood samples to achieve more favorable test results, though it knew that the human immune system would never produce such antibodies, and that the antibodies created a laboratory testing scenario that “did not in any way correspond to, correlate with, or represent real life … virus neutralization in vaccinated people,” according to the complaint.
Chatom claims that the falsification of test results occurred “with the knowledge, authority and approval of Merck’s senior management.”
And as Merck’s vaccine is the only game in town, the vaccine’s “significantly degraded” quality means “there has remained a significant risk of a resurgence of mumps outbreaks,” Chatom says in its complaint.
It claims that the degraded quality of the Merck vaccine played a role in a 2006 mumps outbreak in the Midwest, and in another outbreak in 2009.
Those outbreaks caused the Centers for Disease Control to push back its target date for eradicating the disease from 2010 to no earlier than 2020, the complaint states.
“But no amount of extra time or dosages will be enough to eliminate the disease when the vaccine does not work as represented in the labeling,” the complaint states. “It will merely allow Merck to continue to misrepresent the vaccine’s efficacy and thereby maintain its exclusive hold on the relevant market with an inadequate vaccine.”
Merck spokesman Ron Rogers told Courthouse News in a statement that the False Claims lawsuit “is completely without merit,” and that Chatom’s lawsuit is merely derivative of that case.
“Merck has presented information that demonstrated to the United States Department of Justice that these allegations are factually false, and after the Department conducted its own two-year investigation, it decided not to pursue this lawsuit,” Rogers said.
In addition, he said, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “previously examined the issues raised in the lawsuit, and they were resolved to the agency’s satisfaction.”
Chatom seeks to represent the class of all those who bought Merck’s mumps vaccine from Jan. 1, 1999 to today.
It seeks damages for monopolization under the Sherman Act, violation of state consumer protection laws, unjust enrichment and breach of warranty.
Chatom is represented by Richard Golomb of Golomb & Honik, in Philadelphia
Source: Courthouse News, 27 June 2012
Lawsuits Allege Merck Lied About MMR Efficacy, Motions To Dismiss Denied
A Pennsylvania federal judge agreed to hear a majority of the claims against Merck & Co. in a qui tam lawsuit and related antitrust putative class action case. U.S. District Judge C. Darnell Jones II of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an opinion Friday in the two related lawsuits: United States v. Merck & Co. and Chatom Primary Care v. Merck & Co.
Two of Merck’s former virologists, Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, acting as relators, brought up claims against under the False Claims Act against Merck, the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine, according to the Legal Intelligencer. The two alleged that Merck became the only FDA approved company to manufacture a version of the MMR vaccine by falsifying efficacy results. Merck claimed the MMR vaccine had a 95 percent efficacy rate.
The putative class action lawsuit alleges “manipulation and misrepresentation” of the MMR vaccine’s efficacy and claimed the fraud allowed for Merck to maintain a monopoly on the market. Merck asked the judge to dismiss both actions, but he found that relators can plead a fraud-on-the-FDA theory through a False Claims Act lawsuit. The motions to dismiss were mostly denied.
The judge dismissed some of the state law claims in the class action suit.
The judge sustained the Sherman Act claim. The judge said that it was a “slightly novel theory of liability,” but that there was a basis for an antitrust claim there and he would hear the arguments against the vaccine manufacturer.
“Plaintiffs have argued sufficient facts to sustain a claim for proximate causation, detailing the significant barriers that other companies would face to enter the mumps vaccine market,” Judge Jones said.
Merck argued that the “95 percent efficacy” claim is a labeling issue that is between Merck and the FDA. Merck suggested that the label’s claim can not be disputed through a False Claims Act suit. The judge disagreed with Merck and agreed to hear the claims against Merck in the qui tam suit.
“Relators allege that [Merck] consistently and deliberately withheld pertinent information as to the safety and efficacy of a medication from the government,” Jones said. “It is this alleged omission that is the grounds for FCA liability.”
The judge said that the relators showed that there was enough information about the MMR vaccine that was not reported to the government, and that if the information had been made available, the government might not have purchased the vaccines from Merck, according to Law360.
Between the lawsuits and the CDC Whistleblower, it’s been a rough summer for Merck and the MMR vaccine.
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Source: Inquisitr, 7 September 2014
Lehigh County woman paralyzed after flu shot wins $11.6 million for treatment
Sarah Behie’s symptoms started nearly three weeks after she got a flu shot.
The nurse’s aide at Lehigh Valley Hospital noticed that her knees and arms hurt and that her limbs felt weak.
As the pain and weakness grew worse, the 20-year-old was admitted to the hospital and later diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological condition that would leave her partially paralyzed and living in hospitals and nursing homes for nearly four years.
The cause of Behie’s illness, her lawyers alleged, was the flu vaccine that she received at work in October 2010.
On Tuesday, attorneys Lawrence Cohan and David Carney of Philadelphia announced they had negotiated a settlement that will provide up to $11.6 million over Behie’s lifetime to pay for her ongoing medical care.
The settlement, to be paid by the tax-funded National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, will also provide Behie more than $1 million for her lost wages, pain and suffering and other medical expenses.
Carney said the money will allow Behie to continue her treatment at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation. Behie, who lived in Lower Macungie Township before her illness, has no use of her legs and lacks the strength in her upper body to feed or clothe herself. She’s 24.
“It’s hopeful that she will be able to return home at some point, but it’s not in the plan for the immediate future,” Carney said…………
Lawyers worried that the burden of proof that a vaccine caused a person’s illness would become impossible to meet, and that courts, recognizing the value of immunization, would be reluctant to issue rulings that could reduce the availability of vaccines.
Vaccine manufacturers were concerned that the cost of verdicts and settlements in favor of people hurt or sickened by their products would force them out of the business, Culhane said.
Source: The Morning Call, 10 June 2014
Physician gets 5 yrs for wrong vaccination that killed 3 babies in central Vietnam
Doctor injects anaesthetic drug instead of Hep B vaccine
A Vietnamese court has given three-five year sentences to a physician and three other health workers at a hospital in central Vietnam for their mistakes in a wrong vaccination case that led to the deaths of three newborns in 2013.
The physician is Nguyen Thi Thuan, at the obstetrics department of Huong Hoa District General Hospital in Quang Tri province, who received the highest sentence, five years in jail, at a hearing opened by the provincial People’s Court on Friday.
This sentence is heavier than the jail term of three-four years previously proposed for Thuan by the local People’s Procuracy.
Meanwhile, the former deputy director of the hospital, Nguyen Van Thien, was sentenced to three years in jail, while Le Huynh Son, former head of the general planning department, received a four-year sentence, and Tran Thi Hai Van, former head of the obstetrics department, got a suspended sentence of three years.
These sentences are much heavier than the 24-30 month jail terms the prosecutor’s office had previously proposed for the three defendants.
Thuan was charged with “accidentally causing human death due to breach of professional or administrative regulations” while the three others were indicted for “negligence of responsibility, causing serious consequences.”
The three dead babies were from three families in the district. They died soon after being vaccinated with a wrong vaccine by physician Thuan at the hospital on July 20, 2013.
According to the indictment, Thuan mistakenly used Esmeron, instead of the vaccine against hepatitis B to inject the three newborns that morning.
About thirty minutes after the injection, the mothers of the babies called Tuan after their babies turned blue and had difficulty breathing.
These babies were taken to the emergency department for treatment but they died soon after.
Thuan examined the empty vial of the medicine she had taken from a medicine freezer for the vaccination, and found the words Esmeron on them.
Thuan also saw three vials of hepatitis B vaccine in the freezer. She took them and extracted the injection solution from them and put the empty vials into the waste basket.
She later threw the empty vials of Esmeron at the base of a tree in the back of the obstetrics department.
An investigation later revealed that Son randomly placed the Esmeron to the freezer that was used store Hepatitis B vaccines only.
Meanwhile, hospital deputy director Thien and head of obstetrics department Van were found lacking responsibility in management that contributed to the occurrence of the deadly incident.
Source: Tuoitrenews.vn, 28 March 2015
VAN UK’s Comment:
This case is particularly sad because the doctor had been attempting to vaccinate the newborns for a disease that is only caught through sex or needle sharing – activities that newborns are not going to be engaging in. The only way a newborn can get Hepatitis B is if his mother has it. If the mothers didn’t have it, there was no reason for the babies to have the vaccination and therefore there would have been no fatal drug mix up.
Women Compensated for Swine Flu Vaccinations
Three young women have received approximately ISK 10 million (USD 73,000, EUR 68,000) each in damages from the Icelandic state because they contracted narcolepsy after being given swine flu vaccinations in 2009 and 2010 and now suffer permanent disabilities because of the disease.
“A swine flu epidemic was anticipated and the authorities propagated the vaccinations,” Supreme Court judge Lára V. Júlíusdóttir, who represented the three women, told Vísir on Friday. Her protégées were all in their teens when they were vaccinated.
It’s believed that the girls had had an underlying predisposition to narcolepsy—which results in them falling asleep unpredictably, requiring them to take medication—and that the vaccine had evoked the disease. Such incidents have also been reported in the other Nordic countries.
Lára criticized the authorities for the long time it took to pay out the damages—even though the connection between the disease and the vaccine was quickly recognized—and the lengthy process of evaluating the level of her protégées’ disabilities.
Source: Iceland Review Online, 1st April 2015.
Nepal Parliament passes Vaccination Bill Making Vaccine Providers Liable for Side-Effects
The Parliament today passed a bill on vaccination mandating the government to organise, regulate and make both government and private health centres responsible and accountable for issues related to vaccination.
The bill has provisions for listening to complaints and providing compensation to the general public, who are victimised due to administration of inappropriate vaccine.
As per the bill, if a vaccination service provider causes any damage to one’s health due to the vaccination, the former should bear the cost of treatment.
Similarly, if any one dies due to inappropriate vaccination, the vaccination service provider will have to compensate for the loss of life to his/her closest kin.
The bill has also mandated private health institutions to take prior approval before administering vaccine to an individual and if any institution is found vaccinating without permission, they will be penalized up to Rs 500,000 and their vaccination service will be closed.
An expert committee coordinated by a member of the seven-member investigation committee will decide on the penalty for the guilty ones and the amount of compensation to the victims’ family.
Source: The Himalayan Times, January 5th 2016.
AIDS-vaccine fraud sentence upheld for ex-ISU scientist
Hawaii Lawmakers Kill Vaccine Bill After Heated Debate
After listening to Hawaii residents speak out against vaccines and saying they cause everything from autism to the Zika virus, Hawaii lawmakers killed a bill to speed up the state’s process for adopting federal vaccination guidelines.
The bill would have allowed the state Health Department to more easily adopt the federal rules, which some opponents of the measure fear would result in more vaccinations. Under the bill considered by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health, the department would have 90 days to adopt rules.
Immediately after hearing opposition to the bill, Sen. Rosalyn Baker said Thursday it wouldn’t move forward. Her announcement came before the usual time when lawmakers decide on the bills.
Baker said the bill didn’t pass because there seemed to be “so much confusion and a lot of misinformation” about what it would do.
Sen. Will Espero, who is on Baker’s committee, said he hasn’t seen a lawmaker do that before.
“Normally she would wait to the end of the agenda,” Espero said. “But in this case, she felt that it might be best before we get to the other bill to just share with them that, ‘FYI, I hear you, and I’ve made the decision.’ ”
Baker’s decision shows how the public can be involved in making laws, Espero said.
Supporters of the bill say it would have helped the Hawaii Department of Health address public health crises quickly. They said given the potential for diseases to spread rapidly, it’s important to be able to adopt vaccination rules swiftly.
Opponents of the bill spoke out against mandatory vaccinations, saying their side effects are harmful and the people should have the right to make their own health decisions.
“We’re all about freedom,” said Renee Kawelo, who opposed the bill. “We want you to have the choice to decide. If you want a vaccine, great. Go vaccinate yourself.”
Source: ABC News, 5th February 2016
Hundreds of vaccine suspects arrested
HUNDREDS of people have been arrested in connection with a vaccine scandal affecting more than 20 provincial-level regions around China, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said yesterday.
The suspects, including doctors, clinic heads and healthy authority officials in 15 provinces, are accused of crimes such as bribe-taking, dereliction of duty and abuse of power. Thirteen are awaiting trial and two have already been convicted, said prosecutors.
The crackdown follows a discovery made by police in a raid on a warehouse in Jinan, capital of east China’s Shandong Province, in April last year. Officers found that a large quantity of improperly stored vaccines had been sold in more than 20 provincial-level regions since 2011. In an earlier statement, Hua Jingfeng, a deputy bureau chief at the Ministry of Public Security, said the vaccines, including ones for meningitis and rabies, had been sold for 310 million yuan (US$47 million).
The vaccines were licensed but were not stored properly or refrigerated during delivery, which means they could have been rendered ineffective.
Source: Shanghai Daily, 21st May 2016.
Turkish courts strike blow against immunization program
The anti-vaccination movement in Turkey has found support in its battle against mandatory immunization programs: the courts.
On May 4, the Court of Cassation, or Supreme Court of Appeals – Turkey’s top administrative court – ruled against mandatory vaccination, saying that the program would lead to violation of individual rights. Again, on May 11, the same court ruled in favor of parents who did not want their kids to be vaccinated.
In its recent rulings, the Constitutional Court, the highest body in the Turkish judiciary, decided that the current immunization program could not continue as it lacked a valid legal framework. On Dec. 24, 2015, the same court said the existing law did not permit the authorities to act against parents’ wishes. The court also pointed out the overly vague aspect of the law on required vaccinations.
Hakan Hakeri, a professor of medical law at Istanbul-based Medeniyet University, said that these rulings were not “surprising”.
Hakeri explains that, while, initially, two vaccinations were pronounced mandatory by the law, the government, over the years, added a series of others without providing the necessary legal framework
It was in 1930, that Turkey enacted a law requiring smallpox and tuberculosis vaccinations.
But, nowadays, the government requires that a newborn be given a total of 16 different types of vaccination in its first 24 months. The Health Ministry maintains the current immunization program on the grounds of public safety.
Anti-vaccination parents have been especially vocal against shots for diphtheria, lockjaw and whooping cough – called DtaB in Turkey – as they believe they induce side effects such as autism.
Local health centers track vaccination progress and alert parents when their child’s shots are due.
Parents technically have the choice to refuse 14 of vaccinations.
The Family and Social Policies Ministry then reviews the reasons for refusal and can launch a court case if it determines there is negligence, according to the Health Ministry.
If a family loses a case, doctors appear at their home, accompanied by police, to vaccinate the child, a neighborhood doctor in Istanbul told Anadolu Agency.
However, the recent rulings have dented the ministry’s ability to push the vaccination program.
The Turkish Health Ministry reacted by drawing a draft law that would close what it considers to be a loophole and thus force parents to vaccinate their children.
According to the draft seen by Anadolu Agency, the law stipulates that no one can be vaccinated against his or her will. Yet, it adds that the ministry will not ask permission from parents for the rest of the 14 vaccinations.
An overt contradiction for Bahadir Cevizci, a prominent member of Turkey’s Movement Against Mandatory Vaccination, which has allegedly helped more than 150 families in court over the past three years.
He stressed that for anti-vaccination families, the issue was not just a legal one but a very personal one.
“These families are against vaccination because they believe vaccinations are dangerous,” he told Anadolu Agency.
He described the ministry’s move as “half-baked” and called on it “to develop empathy” for these families.
Cevizci also stressed that even if the draft were to be enacted, this would not prevent the group from going to court against the mandatory vaccination program.
“We would turn to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR),” he said.
A plausible possibility according to medical law professor Hakeri who believes the international court would seek a legal basis for the current program and discuss whether the immunization program is an appropriately measured response to public health safety.
The Health Ministry’s press office confirmed reports of the draft law being enacted to Anadolu Agency, adding that it has already sent it to the Prime Ministry for its referral to the parliament.
Source: aa.com, 20th May 2016.
Ministry to appeal court ruling on vaccine-death link because judge ‘Ruled Against Science’ Health Ministry Admit They’re Going to Try and ‘Fix’ Appeal by Getting Different Judge
The Ministry of Health and Welfare yesterday said it would file an appeal against a recent court ruling that the ministry should compensate the family of a teenager who died nearly three years after he received a flu vaccine.
The teenager, surnamed Chen (陳), in 2009 received a vaccine against the influenza A virus subtype H1N1. He subsequently developed a number of symptoms, including acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, which his parents claimed were side effects of the vaccine, and died of septicemia in 2012.
The Taipei High Administrative Court ruled that a link between Chen’s death and the vaccine could not be ruled out, and ordered the ministry to pay NT$2.08 million (US$63,745) in compensation to his family.
At the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday, Vaccine Injury Compensation Program convener Chiu Nan-chang (邱南昌) called the ruling into question.
“We made the judgement [that the teenager’s death was not linked to the vaccine] based on careful examination and review, which was overruled by the court,” Chiu said.
Chiu, the head of Mackay Memorial Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, said the program is comprised of 21 committee members with medical and judicial backgrounds, as well as other specialties, and operates independently.
“If this type of situation reoccurs, who is to determine the casual relations of medical issues in the future?” Chiu asked. “Will the courts resolve all medical disputes and drug injury relief?”
“The judge has overreached into the field of medicine,” Chiu said, adding that the judge should have respected the group’s judgement, or at least have consulted other medical specialists before delivering a ruling.
CDC Director-General Steve Kuo (郭旭崧) said the agency expressed its deepest condolences, but was also concerned of the greater “disasters” that might occur if it was to accept the ruling: the disbanding of the program and threats to national disease prevention.
“Statistics show that among the deaths caused by influenza each year, about 95 percent of victims were not vaccinated,” Chiu said. “If people begin to fear getting a flu vaccine because of this case, it would have a significant impact on public health.”
“The ministry has decided to file an appeal. We will not give in to this judge, who has ignored scientific evidence and overruled science,” he added.
Source: Taipei Times, 1 June 2016.
Judges demand answers after children die in controversial cancer vaccine trial in India
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the new Gardasil 9 vaccine is being tested on tribal girls in India without consent and some have died.
The government is now being taken to court and judges want to hold those responsible to account.
Lawyers for the campaigners who brought the case said they were pleased with the fact that, for the first time, liability and compensation for the victims had come up in court.
‘It is a very encouraging development that the judges are now discussing accountability and not just accountability but also compensation, so the tone of the hearing today was very positive for us because it’s clear from all the parties, including from government reports, that there were, at best, serious irregularities and, at worst, gross violations of fundamental human rights,’ said Kerry McBroom, one of the lawyers.
Source: Daily Mail. 13th January 2015.
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Former trainee fighter pilot says human rights breached after compulsory vaccines
A former trainee fighter pilot is taking his fight for compensation to the International Human Rights Commission, amid claims he was struck down by career-ending vertigo after receiving compulsory vaccines.
Forty-one-year-old Ben May joined the RAAF in 1998, but was forced out six years later, claiming debilitating fatigue after adverse reactions against several vaccines.
But his claim for a payout against the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC) has been fought and lost in the Federal Court and recently the High Court earlier this month.
The High Court agreed with several of his legal arguments, but ultimately found there was not sufficient evidence to establish an injury, amounting to physiological change.
Mr May said he was coerced into having the vaccines and said his human rights were breached.
“Yes, I think justice would be good,” he said.
“I’m not sure what the options are for obtaining justice but that would be nice.
“International Human Rights Commission is an option and I will be talking about directions or appeals with my lawyers in the near future.”
Mr May was a fit kung fu fighter and keen cyclist when he joined the RAAF.
He said the vaccines left his tongue swollen, and caused debilitating dizziness.
“We were coerced,” he said.
“I was threatened that I would never become a fighter pilot or that I’d never be able to progress in my Air Force career unless I received the vaccinations.”
Mr May’s lawyer Michael Terceiro said while his client ultimately lost there was a victory of sorts, with the High Court agreeing with many arguments.
Mr Terceiro that could benefit others in their fight for compensation.
“The High Court decided basically that the Government has been doing the compensation assessment incorrectly and as a result lots of workers have missed out on payments, and so Ben’s dedicated now to try and get justice for those workers,” he said.
Source: ABC News, Australia, 26th May 2016.
Parents Sue California for Law That Forces Children to Get Vaccinated
Opinions on vaccines vary widely. Some say they are the greatest public health development ever invented, while others believe they are a dangerous, even deadly experiment.
Whatever you believe, the law aims to have every child vaccinated. There is no law on the federal level mandating vaccination. But in all 50 states, vaccinations are required for children to enter the school system.
Most states (except for Mississippi and West Virginia) allow exemptions based on religious beliefs, and 19 states allow exemptions for philosophical objections. But these allowances won’t last for long in California. Last year, California lawmakers passed SB277, a law that allows vaccine exemptions only for verifiable medical reasons.
The new law poses a big problem for California resident and mother-of-two Sharon Brown. Despite repeated assurances from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and several peer-reviewed studies that conclude there is no link between vaccines and autism, Brown refuses to vaccinate her kids.
Brown said she wasn’t always wary of vaccines, but her mind began to change when her first born began to develop adverse symptoms after her first round of shots. As the shots continued, the symptoms grew worse.
“I started researching vaccine problems, and once I looked at the efficacy, safety testing, and ingredients in vaccines, we stopped immediately,” Brown said. “My daughter was 9 months old at the time. I’m confident she would be autistic if we [had] continued with the vaccinations. She just couldn’t take it. Our second child is 100 percent vaccine-free, and he’s insanely healthy. He rarely gets sick, and he’s never been on a medication in his life. He’s 7 years old now.”
Once the new law goes into effect on July 1, 2016, Brown’s family will be forced to either vaccinate, homeschool, or move out of state. She’s not interested in any of these options, so she’s decided to challenge the law in court.
“It’s amazing. You see people fleeing war-torn countries to go someplace safer, and we’re going to have to flee California in search of an education,” she said. “Since we don’t want to move, we’ve decided to sue.”
Brown is one of eight plaintiffs in a lawsuit aimed at overturning the California law. They’ve hired controversial trial lawyer T. Matthew Phillips to lead the case.
Phillips proudly calls himself “the most dangerous lawyer in America” because he goes after entities other attorneys won’t touch.
Last year, he was head of a class-action lawsuit against chemical giant Monsanto for false advertising on herbicide labels. However, the case was dismissed when a federal court determined that the California law that forbids false advertising is fundamentally at odds with federal laws governing agricultural chemicals.
For the vaccine case, Phillips’s strategy is to challenge the constitutionality of the California law. Under the state constitution, all children have a right to an education. Phillips says the new law infringes on this right and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
“In most lawsuits, the plaintiff has the burden of proof, but this case is different,” he said. “Because it involves the First Amendment, the rights of the parents not just to hold personal beliefs, but to freely exercise those in a meaningful fashion, they have a right to assert those objections. So the burden of proof is on the government.
“This is significant. The state has to prove that vaccination is more important than education. As a guy who has been in court for 25 years doing Constitutional law, I can’t think how the Attorney General is going to prove this.”
Source: Epoch Times, 31 May 2016.
$61 Million Dollar Settlement With Payout Over Child’s Expected Lifetime Negotiated by Attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. for DTaP Vaccine Reaction
S.M.* was born a normal and healthy baby girl in August 2005, weighing 7 lbs. 12 ounces. Two months later, her short, healthy life changed tragically because of a rare and severe vaccine reaction.
Only hours after baby S.M. received a routine diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccination, she started to have seizures, abnormal breathing, irregular heartbeats, and at 6:05am the next morning, her heart stopped completely. It took 6 minutes of CPR to revive her. She has spent that last 6 years of her life suffering from cognitive delays, cerebral palsy, encephalopathy, and seizure disorder; all because of an unexpected adverse reaction.
Vaccine attorneys at the law firm of Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A., who represented S.M. and her family determined that the case was clearly a result of a terrible reaction to the DTaP immunization. In fact, after reviewing the case submitted by Maglio Christopher & Toale, PA, the Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation of the Department of Health and Human Services agreed that S.M. was indeed be entitled to compensation. “S.M. will need complete, around-the-clock medical care for the rest of her life,” says the family’s vaccine attorney, Anne Carrión Toale of Maglio Christopher & Toale, PA. “The $61 million dollar settlement amount to be paid out over S.M.’s lifetime is meant to pay for this care.” The settlement totaling $61 million when paid out over the child’s expected lifetime was not reduced by Maglio Christopher & Toale, PA attorney’s fees and the case’s costs as they were awarded separately by the Court.
This vaccine case was medically complicated and the child’s future needs were extensive. “Without legal representation, it could have turned out very differently,” says Toale. “That is why we strongly recommend that anyone considering filing a vaccine case hire an attorney who is experienced in vaccine cases to represent them, especially since there is no cost to victims at all.” Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. has been representing vaccine injured patients for well over a decade and currently represents hundreds of patients experiencing adverse reactions to vaccines across the United States.
In 1986, Congress set up an elaborate system to compensate patients injured by adverse reactions to vaccination called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Since its establishment, the Program has paid out more than a billion dollars in vaccine claims and currently holds more than three billion dollars in trust for future claims. Whether a patient is to be compensated for a vaccine injury is determined by the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC. Awards by the Court go directly to vaccine injury victims. Attorneys are paid separately for their time by the Court so that there are no legal costs to the victims, even if they do not win their claims. “Not only do very few patients know about the vaccine injury compensation program, very few doctors and lawyers know about it ,” says Altom Maglio, managing attorney of Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. “It’s a huge help in putting our clients’ lives back together. Compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and some compensation for pain and suffering is huge when your life has been turned upside down. But there is a very short window to file your claim,” warns Maglio.
For more information on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, or if you are a victim of a vaccine injury, contact the law offices of Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. at (888) 952-5242 or fill out our online vaccine injury case review form at www.mctlawyers.com/vaccine-injury/.
*Attorneys for the victim are withholding her name because of medical privacy issues and because she is a minor.
Feds sue provider that suspended employee who declined flu shot due to religious beliefs
A Massachusetts hospital has been hit with a lawsuit from a federal agency after it allegedly suspended and fired an employee who refused a flu vaccination because of her faith.
The suit, filed Thursday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision accuses Baystate Medical Center of discriminating against Stephanie Clarke, a former hiring consultant for the hospital, after she declined a flu shot due to her Christian faith. Clarke refused the shot as she rejects all injections and “believes her body is a temple,” the Boston Globe reported.
Clarke reportedly wore a face mask during work — standard policy for those employees who decline the shot — but frequently pulled it aside to talk to job candidates as it interfered with her ability to speak clearly.
The EEOC’s lawsuit claims Baystate suspended Clarke without pay in November for not wearing the mask properly, despite the fact that she had no contact with patients. Clarke reportedly asked the hospital to provide her with another accommodation that would not affect her job duties, but was fired and made ineligible for rehire shortly after.
“Because Clarke’s job did not require her to have patient contact, it would not have been an undue hardship for [the hospital] to exempt Clarke from the flu vaccine requirement, or to permit her to remove the mask while speaking,” the EEOC complaint reads.
The EEOC had previously attempted to settle the issue without litigation, the agency said. The new lawsuit seeks back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, and injunctive relief for Clarke.
Source: McKnight’s The News You Need, 6 June 2016.
Kenyan firm sues government, says vaccine test results were ignored
A Kenyan medical-research firm has brought suit against the government, claiming that the government refused to pay for testing that showed contamination of vaccines being distributed by the country’s health ministry.
Agriq Quest Ltd. is asking for 13.8 million shillings ($136,000), in payment for testing of the controversial tetanus and polio vaccines. The firm says that after it found problems with the vaccines, the health ministry failed even to collect the results of the tests.
The vaccines became controversial because of reports that they contained chemicals intended to sterilize recipients. The government denied those reports, and agreed to testing of the vaccines, to be conducted jointly by the health ministry and the Catholic bishops’ conference. A substantial number of the test samples did show the presence of the sterilizing drug.
Agriq Quest charges in its lawsuit that the government had refused to pay for tests that did not support the claim that the vaccines were safe.
Source: Catholic World News, 16 June 2016.
State faces suit over ‘unsafe vaccines’ test
A Nairobi company has threatened to sue the government for failing to pay Sh13.8 million for tests on the controversial tetanus and polio vaccines.
In a demand letter by Gitobu Imanyara Advocates, the company, Agriq Quest Ltd, claims that the government declined to pay for the laboratory tests because it wanted the results altered to show that the vaccines were fit to be administered to women and children.
According to the letter, the samples of the vaccines tested were found to have been contaminated.
The letter also says that even after paying Sh5.7 million, the Ministry of Health failed to pick up final results of the tetanus vaccine analysis it had jointly asked for with the Catholic Church.
“Owing to the shocking findings of contamination of the vaccines, our client was orally advised to alter the results to indicate that they were safe to be administered,” reads the letter dated May 16, but which was obtained by the Nation on Thursday.
In 2014, there was a heated debate over the two vaccines between the ministry and the Catholic Church, which claimed that the vaccines were laced with a hormone said to cause infertility in women.
According to the Catholic Health Commission, the polio vaccine was laced with a hormone that, if injected in children, would affect their growth and reproduction abilities, while the tetanus jab had HCG, a hormone that they claimed could cause infertility in women.
The controversy culminated in the formation of a joint committee of experts from the government and the church which was co-chaired by Prof Fredrick Were from the ministry and Dr Stephen Karanja, representing the church.
According to the letter, the joint committee hired Agriq Quest Ltd to test the vaccines and on December 10, 2015, the laboratory proceeded to test the tetanus vaccine. According to the letter, the final report showing results of the analysis was to be presented to the Catholic Health Commission without any representation from the ministry because “the Ministry of Health was not keen on receiving the laboratory report”.
In April 2015, the letter indicates, the then Director of Medical Services, Dr Nicholas Muraguri, submitted 56 samples of the polio vaccine to be used in the national campaign scheduled for April and May but which was pushed forward to August of the same year after the church raised concerns about the safety of the vaccine.
“Our client responded by sending a budget quotation to the office of the DMS on the same day. Our client thereafter received a verbal communication by way of a telephone call from the office of the DMS asking that they should proceed with the analysis and release the results soonest.”
However, efforts to reach Dr Muraguri — who is now the Principal Secretary for Health — were futile as he did not respond to texts or calls by the time of going to press on Thursday.
The Nation could also not reach a representative of the Catholic Church.
The letter says: “Owing to our client’s refusal to comply with the oral directive that they indicate that the vaccines were safe, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board authored a letter informing that they were only entitled to charge a maximum of Sh600,000 for the work, yet the fact is that the previous invoice of Sh5.7 million had been fully settled.”
Source: Daily Nation, 27 May 2016.
VAN UK’s Comment: This is not a new activity on the part of governments. HCG vaccines have been researched by the Population Council since the 1960’s and in the mid 90’s in the Philippines, a court case found that HCG tainted vaccines were being given to women and an injunction was granted to halt the campaign.
Tetanus vaccines in third world countries are often administered multiple times in short succession and only offered to girls and women of childbearing age, not to males who can equally get tetanus. Standard indication for tetanus vaccine would be once every 10 years if one wanted one and it is thought that the multiple succession of vaccines is needed to achieve a sterilizing effect.
Parents Sue State of California Over Forced Vaccinations
Six parents and four not-for-profit organizations joined together to file the lawsuit against the State of California and its applicable departments and authorities. The plaintiffs seek relief based on “a child’s right to an education” as “long recognized” by the California Supreme Court, according to court documents.
The four organizations joining in the lawsuit are: Nevada-based Education for All, D.C.-based Weston A. Price Foundation, Nevada-based Citizens for Health, and Georgia-based Alliance for Natural Health.
Waves of efforts to stop vaccine mandate SB 277 failed to stop the legislators bent on its passage. The bill that became law and went into effect on July 1 of this year eliminated California parents’ choice in whether to vaccinate their children unless they have the means to homeschool or enroll a child in non-classroom-based independent study. Gone are the personal belief waivers that allowed parents to opt a child out of even one dose of a required vaccine and still attend public or private school.
Source: Brieitbart.com, 7 July 2016.
Judge Denies Effort to Halt California’s Mandatory Vaccination Law
A federal judge Friday delivered a major blow to California families looking to start the school year without having to vaccinate their children as mandated by the state’s controversial new vaccine law.
A judge in San Diego denied a request by 17 families and two foundations seeking a preliminary injunction to stop enforcement of Senate Bill 277, which requires all children entering school or child-care facilities to be vaccinated. A challenge to the law is still working its way through the courts.
The ruling means that unvaccinated children who don’t have a medical exemption will have to be home-schooled.
In an 18-page ruling today, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw concluded that the plaintiffs failed to show they are entitled to the “extraordinary remedy” of a preliminary injunction.
Last month, the plaintiffs filed a motion alleging SB 277 violates their rights to free exercise, equal protection, due process and education.
The law — which went into effect July 1 — eliminated religious and personal beliefs as reasons for parents to opt out of getting their children vaccinated.
In enacting the law, state legislators said the intent was to provide a means for the eventual achievement of total immunization of appropriate age groups against childhood diseases such as diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and other diseases.
The law requires all children to be vaccinated before attending public or private schools or day care facilities unless doctors give medical reasons for not doing it.
Source: La Jolla Patch, 27th August 2016.
It is likely that the lawyers in this case will appeal in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and request the same injunction there so that SB277 is put on hold during the time when the case is being heard.
The main lawsuit will continue in federal court which has a number of different aspects to it (religious rights, constitutional right to education, IEP right to education, Medical exemption pilot program, among others).
VAN UK’S Comments:
If all parents who disagree with forced medicine without consent – whether they vaccinate or don’t vaccinate – simply took their children out of the school system and refused to be part of it for as long as the schools collude with drug companies. After the masses just refuse to go to school, educational establishments and the government would soon get sick of it. The public are the customers that doctors, teachers and government are supposed to SERVE so they should simply fire them by not engaging in their services while they are taking personal freedoms away.
Parents whose children got narcolepsy after swine flu jab sue Dutch state
Medical Student Takes Medical School to Court for Teaching her to LIE to Patients about Vaccines and Threaten them to Comply
Calmly and professionally (i.e. using in-door voices) as part of her educational understanding, Plaintiff NICHOLE ROLFE inquired how the students of Group E could effectuate this procedure since the same is contraindicated according to the immunization drug inserts, wherein if a child is sick enough to be a patient within the hospital, the child is not well enough to receive a vaccination according to the vaccination standard protocol.
- Moreover, the issue of immunizations and vaccinations was then and is today controversial with varying public opinions on the efficacy, safety, and propriety, particularly with babies and small children.
- Osoff stated and indicated to the students of Group E that they were to do whatever possible to convince visitors to the pediatrics department at Sparrow Hospital to consent to immunizations and vaccinations, even over the objections of the patient (which could also include the patient’s visitors).
- Osoff stated and instructed that the students of Group E should tell patients and their partners that failure to have immunization/vaccination for pertussis could result in the patient to have to pay for their entire stay at the hospital, that the state would deny payment coverage, and that those on Medicare (traditionally underprivileged members of the community) would be personally liable to pay for all damages suffered by those in the hospital.
41.In other words, Osoff was instructing
students to wrongfully threaten and panic patients into receiving an immunization to override a patient’s informed consent.
- Obtaining uninformed or false consent for a medical procedure under false pretenses is assault and battery under both criminal and civil law.
- Obtaining uninformed or false consent for a medical procedure under false pretenses is a violation of the American Nursing Association Code of Ethics for nurses.
Source: Nichole Rolfe Court Complaint.
Experienced vaccine attorney Leah Durant Obtains $253,000.00 Settlement for Case of Guillain-Barre Resulting from Flu Shot
Every year, millions of Americans ward off sickness and disease by receiving the flu vaccine. In rare cases, however, some individuals can experience adverse reactions or injury that results from vaccination. In cases where individuals experience injury or harm that results from a flu vaccine, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), offers claimants the ability to obtain monetary compensation for damages, such as pain and suffering, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, and the cost of future medical care. One illness that may result following the flu vaccination is Guillain-Barre Syndrome or GBS. While the exact causes of Guillain-Barre Syndrome remain unknown, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and most medical experts have noted a link between GBS and the annual flu vaccination. Many individuals have successfully obtained compensation for GBS by filing for damages under the federal government’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. “Because of pending changes poised to soon take place within the Vaccine Program,” says vaccine attorney Leah Durant, “obtaining compensation for claims of flu-GBS will likely become much easier for individuals who received the flu shot and became sick within 5 to 42 days of vaccination. The client in this case recovered the statutory maximum award for pain and suffering of $250,000.00, plus out of pocket expenses. This is an excellent example of how people who experience Guillain-Bare Syndrome following a flu vaccine can be compensated quickly for their injuries.”
Source: PR Newswire, 10 October 2016.
Parents Sue Over Vaccine Deaths
SIX parents whose babies died after they were vaccinated have approached the Legal Assistance Centre for help to sue the health ministry.
The Namibian understands that 21 babies countrywide have died since 2006 after receiving the vaccines which are normally administered to children at six weeks and 12 weeks in what has been termed sudden infant death syndrome.
Five of these cases recorded in July this year in Windhoek alone were caused by complications arising from the ongoing measles/rubella vaccination exercise.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services has not responded to detailed questions sent to the public relations office a week ago.
Similarly, attempts were also made to get hold of minister Bernard Haufiku and permanent secretary Andreas Mwoombola.
Dr Tueumuna said during the major measles outbreak treated at the Oshakati State Hospital from October 1986 through January 1987, out of the 554 children aged three-and-a-half years admitted to the hospital, 83 died from complications of measles, mainly pneumonia.
“None of the 83 deceased children had received measles vaccines beforehand. Of the survivors, six became permanently blind. In addition, virtually all the 554 children who were ill enough to require hospital admission had some degree of malnutrition.
Some of my patients who died from measles were as old as 10 to 12 years,” Tueumuna stated.
She compared Namibian children to those she attended to in London, whom she said were well-nourished; lived in good houses; had access to supportive treatment, and plenty of nutritious food.
Project lawyer for the Social Justice Project at the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) Sharen Zenda confirmed that some parents approached their office for assistance.
Zenda could, however, not divulge any further details.
One of the doctors, Yury Vasin, who did post-mortem examinations on some of the children in Windhoek, told The Namibian that the rate at which babies are dying from six and 12-week vaccination-related deaths is unacceptably high.
Dr Vasin of the Windhoek Central Hospital’s forensic mortuary services did a post-mortem examination on six-month-old Paulus Jonas, son of Denny Mwanyekange, one of the parents who approached the LAC for help.
Jonas died in his father’s arms within four hours of receiving a vaccination in January last year.
Dr Vasin claimed that the babies had identical symptoms before they died soon after being vaccinated.
Although Dr Vasin could not give figures, he said it was a cause for concern for him, and he wrote a letter to the health ministry in 2008 when the trend started picking up.
He requested The Namibian to ask for test results of an investigation conducted by the health ministry, together with the World Health Organisation, into the concerned children’s vaccines.
The Namibian understands that after Dr Vasin’s post-mortem results were given to the parents, they confronted the health ministry, and were told that the doctor was not qualified to make such a diagnosis.
Dr Vasin, however, denies this.
“I have long experience in this field. The babies had identical symptoms before they all died soon after being vaccinated. We got concerned that this was more than a coincidence, and the numbers were increasing,” he stressed.
He also said he was not approached for any input by the ministry on consultations with the concerned parents.
The parents claim that they are not happy with the way the health ministry handled their cases, while the feedback was termed unsatisfactory.
Angelina Lazarus (23) took her son for the second vaccination on 9 April this year. When she returned home in the afternoon, the baby refused to be breastfed, and could not stop crying.
After crying for a long time, she said, the baby eventually drank and went off to sleep.
At around 16h30, I realised that he was not breathing. His tongue had turned black, and he was bleeding from the nose,” she said, adding that they are still trying to cope with the loss.
Her brother, Robert Iithete, who approached the LAC over the issue, said watching his sister suffer in the absence of answers – the police refuse to return the health passport card and the post-mortem results – is killing him slowly.
Mwanyekange, whose son Paulus Jonas was vaccinated at the Okuryangava Clinic in Windhoek, said the boy also refused to be breastfed after the vaccination, and cried hysterically.
The distraught father said he took the boy from the mother to help quiet him down. Mwanyekange also said he thought that everything was fine when the boy stopped crying.
“The mother was in the house preparing food. I was sitting with him outside under a tree. When she took him from me, I just heard her screaming. I saw blood coming out of the baby’s nose and mouth,” he stated.
Paulus Jonas’ post-mortem certificate shows that the infant’s death was vaccine-related.
His parents told The Namibian at their home in Okahandja Park, Katutura, that they are finding it difficult to get over the death of their son because of the vague answers they got from the ministry.
“That is why we decided to go to the LAC. We want to know what caused the death of our son. Although the doctor who did the post-mortem said it was vaccine-related, the health ministry told us the doctor was not qualified.”
“Why are they hiring unqualified people to determine the cause of death? Then maybe their nurses are also not qualified to administer vaccines. I will sue them to pay for my child,” he stressed.
Mwanyekange said he has been finding it difficult to concentrate because of the ‘bloody’ image the child left in his mind.
“The way he was bleeding was as if it was a cow. I was tempted to commit suicide. I also could not concentrate at work, so they had to let me go,” he said.
Victoria Kangala, whose three-month-old baby died after receiving a vaccination at the same clinic, said her baby was not sick.
Kangala said although the death certificate says her son died from aspiration pneumonia, she knows that it’s the vaccination that killed him.
“His leg was weak. He was crying. He refused to be breastfed, and his eyes were swollen,” Kangala said, adding that she had to take her son to the hospital two days later after he had cried continuously.
Despite this, she said the boy’s left side became swollen.
“His weight and temperature did not change. I dream of him. It is not easy,” she said.
Linus Festus told The Namibian that he lost his daughter Natasha Soetmelk in December 2014.
A post-mortem report also shows that Natasha died from a vaccination related death.
He said when the child returned after receiving the vaccine at 15h00, her temperature started rising and she was crying uncontrollably.
“Her mother and I went to get something from the shop and we returned and went to bed. At around five the following morning, Bernice (Soetmelk) started screaming.
When I woke up I saw blood coming out of Natasha’s eyes and mouth and she had stopped breathing,” Festus said.
He said Bernice, who is the baby’s mother, cries to this day about the incident and is struggling to get over the death.
“We have approached LAC for help. The health ministry told us the doctor who conducted the post-mortem was not qualified. We want clear answers. Why should this post-mortem be the incorrect one when so many are conducted by the same doctor?” Festus questioned.
Dr Vasin told The Namibian he has done about 8 000 to 9 000 autopsies.
He has been in his position for 15 years and said most cases are coming from Khomas, Omaheke, //Kharas, Hardap and Otjozondjupa.
Dr Vasin said the trend was picked up at Oshakati in 2007/8 when numerous cases were recorded and it was becoming alarming because it did not happen before.
“I kept a list which allowed me to see the trend which showed six weeks’ vaccination, and whether it was a death on the same day or the day after. One of the clinical features was severe crying. Not much was happening from the ministry. Letters were written and again the trend picked up end of 2014, beginning of 2015, when three cases were recorded and two were from our department and [in] one case the post-mortem was not done,” he said.
Dr Vasin said vaccine requires proper assessments of individuals given it as any medical procedure has side effects whether small, mild, severe or adverse, including death.
Source: The Nambian, 2016-08-05.
Medical negligence led to baby’s death after MMR Vaccine, court finds
The distraught parents of an 18-month girl have been awarded €60,500 in compensation after a court found that medical negligence led to the death of their daughter.
Sandro Portelli and Doreen Psaila had sued the Chief Medical Officer and two doctors.
They explained to the court how in July 2005 they rushed their daughter Mireille to the Pediatrics Unit at the Emergency Department at St.Luke’s hospital five times after she was taken ill. They were assured that there was nothing alarming about the child’s condition and were advised to go back home.
The baby had developed a temperature of 103.7 degrees after being given her MMR vaccine. A swelling in her neck that had been caused by a throat infection was apparently ignored, the court heard. This resulted in an infection which spread to her blood, causing septicaemia and eventual death.
The couple described how on July 25, 2005 at around 5.30am they were made to wait for over 40 minutes for the Pediatric Unit to open. In the interim period Mireille began to show severe signs of dehydration. Her lips turned blue and she developed marks on her skin.
Alarmed by these symptoms, doctor on duty Daniela Demarco ordered an x-ray but the child died shortly after being admitted to the Special Care Baby Unit.
The First Hall civil court presided by Mr Justice Silvio Meli noted that medical examinations on the child had been superficial and worse still, Edward Zammit, the doctor who examined her, had only three months experience in paediatrics. Despite the child having turned blue and developed a rash, he had failed to consult his senior colleagues.
Mr Justice Meli held that there had clearly been serious negligence in the way the case was handled. The doctors examining the child had failed to exercise the diligence expected of their profession.
The Pediatric Unit was also found to be inefficient in that it was closed at times that proved to be critical and a paediatrician was not always present there. The system induced the user to seek medical care in the private sector, the court said.
The court established the compensation due at €60,518.73 after taking into account the parents’ low degree of dependence on the victim and deductions for a lump sum payment.
Source: Times of Malta, 8 November 2016.
Chinese official’s wife jailed in new vaccine scandal
he wife of a Chinese official has been jailed for taking bribes from vaccine manufacturers, a court said Thursday, in a case with echoes of a major scandal that rocked China earlier this year.
The sixty-year-old woman, surnamed Guo, received a three-year sentence for soliciting 1.5 million yuan (A$290,000) in bribes from five Chinese vaccine companies, according to a ruling from the Number One Beijing Intermediate People’s Court.
She is the wife of a former employee of the Chinese Food and Drug Administration, who the court documents said was complicit in the scheme.
Guo was taken into custody in April 2015 and charged with accepting bribes in relation to four biotech firms’ efforts to obtain government permits for a variety of vaccines, including those for SARS and avian flu.
A fifth firm also paid her bribes.
The sentence follows the March revelation of a massive vaccine scandal that enraged the Chinese public.
The case involved the improper storage, transport and sale of tens of millions of dollars’ worth of vaccines — many of them expired.
No one was believed to have been harmed, but the story still provoked outrage in a country where families, who were long limited to one child by government policy, fiercely protect their offspring.
Public fury erupted in March after a report revealed that information about the case had been suppressed by authorities who had arrested two key suspects nearly a year earlier.
From 2010, the pair, a mother and daughter from Shandong province in eastern China, sold 25 different kinds of expired or improperly stored vaccines worth more than 570 million yuan ($88 million), the official Xinhua news agency reported at the time.
They included shots for polio, rabies, hepatitis B and flu for both children and adults, Caijing magazine said, citing drug safety officials.
Source: SBS, 15 December 2016.