Corruption in vaccines, medicine, and science:

The Anatomy of Research Scandals. 2017.

“For the past two years, I have taught a seminar on medical research scandals. The syllabus looks like a highlight reel of exploitation and abuse: children fed plutonium-laced breakfast cereal, prisoners dosed with the active ingredient in Agent Orange, mental patients given psychedelic drugs and massive electroconvulsive therapy before being sent into curare-induced paralysis and a coma. I designed the seminar to crush the idealism of future physicians by illuminating the dark patterns that research scandals typically follow. The most recent scandal we examined happened to be one of the most lurid.
© 2017 The Hastings Center.”

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

Anatomy in the Third Reich: an outline, part 3. The science and ethics of anatomy in National Socialist Germany and postwar consequences.

“Not the individual human being but the “body of the people” as a whole was the object of this ethics. Every action was ethical that ensured the health of the German people, including sterilization, so-called euthanasia, and finally mass murder.”

#Corruption #Parallel #Nazi

🛑 The clinicide phenomenon: an exploration of medical murder

“The study of medical killers is barely in its infancy. Clinicide is the unnatural death of multiple patients in the course of treatment by a doctor. Serial medical killing is a relatively new phenomenon. The role model is Dr Marcel Petiot, the worst serial killer in French history. More recently, Dr Harold Shipman was Britain’s worst serial killer and in the United States and Zimbabwe, Dr Michael Swango killed 60 patients. A number of doctors have such high patient death rates that it cannot be ignored. At some level, these doctors have an awareness of what they are doing, countered by an overweening refusal to acknowledge the implications or desist from further treatment. Treatment killer offences usually occur on the basis of serial mental illness, but may include the contentious area of euthanasia killing. Doctors have frequently been accomplices in state repression, brutality and genocide in direct contravention to their sanctioned role to relieve suffering and save life. They have become mass murderers on an exponential scale, making any comparison with a doctor killing his own patients almost risible. Many clinicidal doctors have extreme narcissistic personalities, a grandiose view of their own capability and inability to accept that they could be criticized or need assistance from other doctors. Such doctors develop a God-complex, getting a vicarious thrill out of ending suffering and by determining when a person dies.”

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

Closed Financial Loops: When They Happen in Government, They’re Called Corruption; in Medicine, They’re Just a Footnote. (2017)

“Many physicians are involved in relationships that create tension between a physician’s duty to work in her patients’ best interest at all times and her financial arrangement with a third party, most often a pharmaceutical manufacturer, whose primary goal is maximizing sales or profit. Despite the prevalence of this threat, in the United States and globally, the most common reaction to conflicts of interest in medicine is timid acceptance. There are few calls for conflicts of interest to be banned, and, to our knowledge, no one calls for conflicted practitioners to be reprimanded. Contrast our attitudes in medicine with public attitudes toward financial conflicts among government employees. When enforcement of rules against conflict of interest slackens in the public sector, news organizations investigate and publish their criticism. Yet even when doctors are quoted in the media promoting specific drugs, their personal financial ties to the drug maker are rarely mentioned. Policies for governmental employees are strict, condemnation is strong, and criminal statutes exist (allowing for corruption charges). Yet the evidence that conflict is problematic is, if anything, stronger in medicine than in the public sector. Policies against conflicts of interest in medicine should be at least as strong as those already existing in the public sector.
© 2017 The Hastings Center.”

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

(Autism and the CDC fraud)

🛑 Commentary–Controversies surrounding mercury in vaccines: autism denial as impediment to universal immunisation.

#CDC #Fraud #Autism #Mercury
#MedScienceResearch #Vaccine #Thompson #Corruption

🛑 Conflicts of interest in research involving human beings.

“Conflicts of interest are inherent to the majority of relationships among individuals and of these with companies and institutions and, certainly, research involving human beings is no exception. In relation to clinical research, the main focus of this manuscript, conflicts of interest occur at different levels and usually permeate among them: In the pharmaceutical industry in their decisions to invest to develop new products, especially vaccines and drugs, and also in relation to marketing of these products;”

#Corruption #Vaccines #MedScienceResearch

Corruption in healthcare and medicine: why should physicians and bioethicists care and what should they do?

“Quality care cannot be provided by a healthcare delivery system in which kickbacks and bribery are a part of life. The medical profession, historically considered a noble one, and the bioethics community cannot evade their moral responsibility in the face of this sordid reality. There is a need to engage in public discussions and take a stand – against unethical and corrupt practices in healthcare and medicine – for the sake of the individual’s well-being as well as for social good.”

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

Crackdown on illegal vaccine sales in China leads to 37 arrests. (2016)

“A massive illegal vaccine trading ring, operating in Shandong province, China, since 2011, has been shut down by the Chinese authorities, resulting in 37 people being detained. The official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, said that 25 different types of vaccines were procured from over 100 licensed and unlicensed pharmaceutical sales people.

The vaccines were produced by qualified domestic and international manufacturers but were not properly refrigerated or transported, compromising their safety and efficacy. The vaccines were resold to 300 buyers in hospitals and …”

#Corruption #Vaccine #China #MedScienceResearch

Dishonesty, misconduct and fraud in clinical research: an international problem.

“Clinical research misdemeanours include a broad spectrum of misdeeds that misappropriate an unfair advantage or harm the rights of others. There is no internationally accepted definition of such malpractices and no generalized procedure to facilitate their reporting or correction. Those who do report research misdemeanours are often stigmatized as ‘whistleblowers’, a term that has acquired many negative connotations. Frequently, whistleblowers encounter many personal conflicts and/or may suffer victimization in their working environment. There remains a need for an internationally harmonized approach to manage these unacceptable problems. Resolution of such important issues should be catalysed by the impending need for European Union states to implement Good Clinical Practice Directive 2001/20/EC into national law.”

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

The ethics of pharmaceutical research funding: a social organization approach.

#Corruption #Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

[“Euthanasia”–victims and test subjects. The fate of diseased, disabled children in Berlin during World War II].

“This article shows, through a study of the Berlin-Brandenburg region, that children and juveniles who were subjected to the killings of diseased and disabled, or mentally retarded, persons during the Third Reich did not only fall victim to the operations of the “Reichsausschuss” (“Reich Commission for Registration of Severe Disorders in Childhood”). Many were also included in the gas chamber killings of the “T4”-action and in various decentralized killing actions. Furthermore, the co-operation of various medical disciplines in the misuse of children for scientific research is demonstrated by looking into the research on a tuberculosis vaccine. It can be shown that the purpose of the killings was not the painless ending of individual suffering, but that they constituted a means of freeing the public from so-called “ballast existences”, whose lives were only prolonged if they could be of scientific use.”

#Corruption #BCG #Tuberculosis #Nazi #Death #Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

Fraud and deceit in clinical research

In conclusion, evidently there are a number of reasons why research misconduct takes place: Academic pressure, personal desire for fame, “sloppy” science, financial gain, and an inability to determine right from wrong, to name a few. This demonstrates a need for a new system of prevention, investigation, and education to curtail research misconduct, therefore instilling, into the general public, a renewed sense of trust and respect for medical research.

In order to prevent research misconduct, further discussion of its definition and its various facets is needed, therefore resulting in an international consensus on a single, universal definition of what constitutes research misconduct. Additionally, ethical standards need to be made clear so that researchers can determine whether their work breaches certain codes. Furthermore, there needs to be an alleviation of pressure on researchers, as well as greater control of research sponsored by outside organizations.

Moreover, organizations’ investigation into research irregularities must be fair, prompt, transparent, and allow for retractions to be made promptly once evidence of misconduct has been confirmed. Also, there needs to be greater protection for whistleblowers, as well as ensuring a right of appeal. The investigation can be conducted at either institutional or national level, depending on the gravity of misconduct. However, organizations need to be equipped with effective resources and a certain status in the wider community, thereby ensuring public confidence.

Lastly, there is a desperate need for researchers and future researchers to be educated on what constitutes research misconduct, and the seriousness of its repercussions. There is limited publicity and information of the regulatory bodies in medical institutions and places of work. It has been almost 25 years since Lock suggested a closer look at this issue,[40] yet we are still faced with cases of fraud on an epic scale.[41] It may be too late to change the ways of our seniors,[32] but we have a responsibility to our nations to act. As Martinson et al. stated, “it is time to consider what aspects of the research environment are most salient to research integrity, which aspects are most amendable to change, and what changes are likely to be most fruitful in ensuring integrity in science.”[7] Educating potential researchers at an early stage (e.g. at medical school) on the mechanics of research ethics is essential to finding a solution to this problem and ensuring careers are constructed on honesty and integrity.”

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

Getting the science right and doing the right science in vaccine safety.

#CDC #FDA #Vaccine #Corruption #Financial #MedScienceResearch

Greed and the medical profession.

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

🛑 Gulf War guinea pigs: is informed consent optional during war?

#Gulf #War #Syndrome #Corruption #Informed #Consent
#Military #Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines as an option for preventing cervical malignancies: (how) effective and safe?

“We carried out a systematic review of HPV vaccine pre- and post-licensure trials to assess the evidence of their effectiveness and safety. We find that HPV vaccine clinical trials design, and data interpretation of both efficacy and safety outcomes, were largely inadequate. Additionally, we note evidence of selective reporting of results from clinical trials (i.e., exclusion of vaccine efficacy figures related to study subgroups in which efficacy might be lower or even negative from peer-reviewed publications). Given this, the widespread optimism regarding HPV vaccines long-term benefits appears to rest on a number of unproven assumptions (or such which are at odd with factual evidence) and significant misinterpretation of available data. For example, the claim that HPV vaccination will result in approximately 70% reduction of cervical cancers is made despite the fact that the clinical trials data have not demonstrated to date that the vaccines have actually prevented a single case of cervical cancer (let alone cervical cancer death), nor that the current overly optimistic surrogate marker-based extrapolations are justified. Likewise, the notion that HPV vaccines have an impressive safety profile is only supported by highly flawed design of safety trials and is contrary to accumulating evidence from vaccine safety surveillance databases and case reports which continue to link HPV vaccination to serious adverse outcomes (including death and permanent disabilities). We thus conclude that further reduction of cervical cancers might be best achieved by optimizing cervical screening (which carries no such risks) and targeting other factors of the disease rather than by the reliance on vaccines with questionable efficacy and safety profiles.”

#Gardasil #HPV #Corruption
#Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

🛑 Informed consent and investigational new drug abuses in the U.S. military. 2002

“The DoD is currently using an approved drug, the anthrax vaccine, for an unapproved purpose and in an unapproved manner. In doing so, the DoD is not only violating the FDA’s regulations against such practices, it is also violating an executive order which only allows the president to authorize the use of INDs on service members without their consent.”

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#Anthrax #Corruption #Informed #Consent #Vaccine

Intimidation, coercion and resistance in the final stages of the South Asian Smallpox Eradication Campaign, 1973-1975.

#Corruption #Smallpox #Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

🛑 Is drug research trustworthy? The pharmaceutical industry funnels money to prominent scientists who are doing research that affects its products–and nobody can stop it.

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

🛑 Medicine, the media and monetary interests: the need for transparency and professionalism.

“Emerging evidence suggests that media coverage of medicine is increasingly promotional in nature. Recent Australian examples include misleading newspaper articles on an experimental cancer vaccine and a high profile television current affairs segment on a new influenza drug, which failed to disclose the industry ties of a key expert featured in the report. There are widening concerns that this problem in medical journalism may be exacerbated by the growing commercialisation of medical and scientific research, and the increasing ties between researchers, doctors and pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies. Closer links between industry and medicine are being explicitly encouraged both in academia and the health care sector for the mutual benefits they bring. However, these partnerships are the cause of growing unease within medicine. In the United States, rigorous legislation governing research protocols is being proposed, and in Australia new ethical guidelines covering industry-profession relationships are being promulgated. If one of the media’s roles is informing the community about the business of health and medicine in a fair and accurate way, a cultural change in medical journalism is required.”

#Corruption #Media #Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

🛑 Methodological issues and evidence of malfeasance in research purporting to show thimerosal in vaccines is safe.

#Corruption #CDC #Autism #Death #Tics #ADD  #Thimerosal #Mercury
#Neurodevelopmental #Delay #Autoimmunity
#Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

Money is putting people at risk in biomedical research.

No abstract available
PMID 11657699

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

🛑 Oral polio vaccine and human cancer: a reassessment of SV40 as a contaminant based upon legal documents. 

“The confirmation of the removal by one drug manufacturer, Lederle, has been made public at an international symposium in January 1997, where its representatives stated that all of Lederle’s seeds had been tested and screened to assure that it was free from SV40 virus. However, in litigation involving the Lederle oral polio vaccine, the manufacturer’s internal documents failed to reveal such removal in all of the seeds. The absence of confirmatory testing of the seeds, as well as testimony of a Lederle manager, indicate that this claim of removal of SV40 and the testing for SV40 in all the seeds cannot be fully substantiated. These legal documents and testimony indicate that the scientific community should not be content with prior assumptions that SV40 could not have been in the oral polio vaccine.”

#Cancer #Contamination #Polio #SV40 #Corruption #Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

Our prescription drugs kill us in large numbers.

“Our prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer in the United States and Europe. Around half of those who die have taken their drugs correctly; the other half die because of errors, such as too high a dose or use of a drug despite contraindications. Our drug agencies are not particularly helpful, as they rely on fake fixes, which are a long list of warnings, precautions, and contraindications for each drug, although they know that no doctor can possibly master all of these. Major reasons for the many drug deaths are impotent drug regulation, widespread crime that includes corruption of the scientific evidence about drugs and bribery of doctors, and lies in drug marketing, which is as harmful as tobacco marketing and, therefore, should be banned. We should take far fewer drugs, and patients should carefully study the package inserts of the drugs their doctors prescribe for them and independent information sources about drugs such as Cochrane reviews, which will make it easier for them to say “no thanks”.”

#Error #Corruption #Death

Parents in Pakistan arrested for polio vaccine refusal: a necessary step? 2015

“Pakistan’s vaccination drive against polio has encountered many adversities in the past few years. The vaccination drive received hostility from militant groups when it was used as cover to spy on Taliban hideouts. In retaliation, extremist groups have killed about 60 polio vaccine workers, which further hindered progress of the vaccine drive.1 Additionally, some in the general population have misconceptions about the vaccine. Until now, the government has not taken a hard line, which is necessary to control this issue.

On March 2, 2015, police in Khyber–Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, arrested more than 450 parents after they refused to vaccinate their children against polio virus because of some religious fears and myths associated with vaccination (such as sterilisation).2, 3 The parents later signed an agreement to cooperate in administration of the polio vaccine to their children. The police felt the need to intervene because the number of polio cases in the province had increased by 96% in the previous year.2 In Khyber–Pakhtunkhwa province, parents have repeatedly refused to vaccinate their children against polio in the past. In 2015 alone, thousands of children aged less than 5 years have been deprived of the vaccine because their parents refused. Hundreds of refusals are reported in the city of Peshawar alone.”

#Corruption #Polio #Vaccine
#Pakistan #MedScienceResearch

🛑 Peer review: a flawed process at the heart of science and journals

“So we have little evidence on the effectiveness of peer review, but we have considerable evidence on its defects. In addition to being poor at detecting gross defects and almost useless for detecting fraud, it is slow, expensive, profligate of academic time, highly subjective, something of a lottery, prone to bias, and easily abused.”

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

Permanent injunction order against AMA.

“The court conducted a lengthy trial of this case in May and June of 1987 and on August 27,1987, issued a 101 page opinion finding that the American Medical Association (“AMA”) and its members participated in a conspiracy against chiropractors in violation of the nation’s antitrust laws. Thereafter an opinion dated September 25, 1987 was substituted for the August 27,1987 opinion. The question now before the court is the form of injunctive relief that the court will order.

See also p 83.

As part of the injunctive relief to be ordered by the court against the AMA, the AMA shall be required to send a copy of this Permanent Injunction Order to each of its current members. The members of the AMA are bound by the terms of the Permanent Injunction Order if they act in concert with the AMA to violate the terms of the order. Accordingly, it is..”

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

Pharmaceutical Companies’ Role in State Vaccination Policymaking: The Case of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

#Merck #Gardasil #MedScienceResearch #HPV #Vaccine #Corruption

Physician Dismissal of Families Who Refuse Vaccination: An Ethical Assessment.

“Furthermore, some of the arguments in support of dismissal policies ignore the importance of professional obligation and appear to favor self-interest over the interest of the patient.”

#Corruption #Unvaccinated
#Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

Polio programme: let us declare victory and move on.

“In 2011, there were an extra 47,500 new cases of NPAFP. Clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis but twice as deadly, the incidence of NPAFP was directly proportional to doses of oral polio received. Though this data was collected within the polio surveillance system, it was not investigated.”

#Polio #Failure #Corruption #Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

Quiet killings in medical facilities: detection & prevention.

The purpose of this article is to prompt a public discussion concerning the “quiet killings” that have occurred and are occurring in our medical facilities, hopefully leading to a robust debate over improving methods of detecting and preventing such killings. The importance of this subject cannot be overstated, particularly in light of the ever-increasing numbers of people who will be admitted to, or living in, medical facilities as the first of the “baby boom” generation reaches age sixty-five in the year 2011 1 and the number of employees who have routine access to these patients or residents. In 2000, hospital admissions were over thirty-three million 2 and in 1999 nursing homes had 1.7 million residents. 3 Hospital employees number over four million and nursing home employees another 1.8 million. 4 To these institutions and people having access may be added the residents of homes licensed to dispense medication and all of the visitors to all of the facilities.

The article will provide evidence of these quiet killings, define the scope of the problem they present, discuss some problems in detecting, investigating and prosecuting these killings, and suggest methods for detecting and preventing the killings. 5 Not only will the implementation of methods for detecting and preventing such killings save lives, such activity will save the reputation (and financial resources) of health care professionals and medical facilities by reducing their exposure to civil and criminal liability.

The Evidence of Quiet Killings

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#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

Revealing the faults in medical journals.

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

Richard Pearson Strong and the iatrogenic plague disaster in Bilibid Prison, Manila, 1906.

“In November 1906, Richard Pearson Strong, then head of the Philippine Biological Laboratory, inoculated 24 men–inmates of Manila’s Bilibid Prison–with a cholera vaccine that somehow had been contaminated with plague organisms; 13 men died.”

#Contamination #Death #Cholera #Corruption #Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

Serious adverse events after HPV vaccination: a critical review of randomized trials and post-marketing case series.

Martínez-Lavín M, et al. Clin Rheumatol. 2017.

“This article critically reviews HPV vaccine serious adverse events described in pre-licensure randomized trials and in post-marketing case series. HPV vaccine randomized trials were identified in PubMed. Safety data were extracted. Post-marketing case series describing HPV immunization adverse events were reviewed. Most HPV vaccine randomized trials did not use inert placebo in the control group. Two of the largest randomized trials found significantly more severe adverse events in the tested HPV vaccine arm of the study. Compared to 2871 women receiving aluminum placebo, the group of 2881 women injected with the bivalent HPV vaccine had more deaths on follow-up (14 vs. 3, p = 0.012). Compared to 7078 girls injected with the 4-valent HPV vaccine, 7071 girls receiving the 9-valent dose had more serious systemic adverse events (3.3 vs. 2.6%, p = 0.01). For the 9-valent dose, our calculated number needed to seriously harm is 140 (95% CI, 796-53). The number needed to vaccinate is 1757 (95% CI, 131 to infinity). Practically, none of the serious adverse events occurring in any arm of both studies were judged to be vaccine-related. Pre-clinical trials, post-marketing case series, and the global drug adverse reaction database (VigiBase) describe similar post-HPV immunization symptom clusters. Two of the largest randomized HPV vaccine trials unveiled more severe adverse events in the tested HPV vaccine arm of the study. Nine-valent HPV vaccine has a worrisome number needed to vaccinate/number needed to harm quotient. Pre-clinical trials and post-marketing case series describe similar post-HPV immunization symptoms.”

#Gardasil #Death #HPV #Aluminum #Corruption #Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

Spoliation of medical records: negligent, reckless, and intentional destruction of evidence.

No abstract available
PMID 10537395

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

[“…. sustaining their lives has no advantage to the nation.” Handicapped children as research subjects and the development of preventive tuberculosis vaccination].

“A large number of disabled or mentally retarded children were killed in the so-called “Children’s Special Departments” of the “Third Reich”. Such children were also misused in scientific research. Ambitious physicians in the “Children’s Special Departments” experimented on them in co-operation with other institutions. This happened, for example, in research on the tuberculosis vaccine. The effectiveness of the BCG-vaccine was primarily tested at the Children’s University Hospital of Vienna. Disabled children were first given the BCG-vaccine and then deliberately contaminated with tuberculosis bacteria. Subsequently they were transferred to Vienna’s “Children’s Special Department” in order to be killed there. The efficacy of vaccination was supposed to be demonstrable in their autopsies. Vaccine experiments were also carried out in the “Children’s Special Departments” of Berlin and Kaufbeuren. There were likewise co-operations with other institutions.”

#Corruption #BCG #Tuberculosis #Nazi #Death #Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

🛑 Tetanus vaccine may be laced with anti-fertility drug. International / developing countries.

“A priest, president of Human Life International (HLI) based in Maryland, has asked Congress to investigate reports of women in some developing countries unknowingly receiving a tetanus vaccine laced with the anti-fertility drug human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). If it is true, he wants Congress to publicly condemn the mass vaccinations and to cut off funding to UN agencies and other involved organizations. The natural hormone hCG is needed to maintain pregnancy. The hormone would produce antibodies against hCG to prevent pregnancy. In the fall of 1994, the Pro Life Committee of Mexico was suspicious of the protocols for the tetanus toxoid campaign because they excluded all males and children and called for multiple injections of the vaccine in only women of reproductive age. Yet, one injection provides protection for at least 10 years. The Committee had vials of the tetanus vaccine analyzed for hCG. It informed HLI about the tetanus toxoid vaccine. HLI then told its World Council members and HLI affiliates in more than 60 countries. Similar tetanus vaccines laced with hCG have been uncovered in the Philippines and in Nicaragua. In addition to the World Health Organization (WHO), other organizations involved in the development of an anti-fertility vaccine using hCG include the UN Population Fund, the UN Development Programme, the World Bank, the Population Council, the Rockefeller Foundation, the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and Uppsala, Helsinki, and Ohio State universities. The priest objects that, if indeed the purpose of the mass vaccinations is to prevent pregnancies, women are uninformed, unsuspecting, and unconsenting victims.”

#Corruption #Contamination #Tetanus #hCG #Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

Thimerosal as discrimination: vaccine disparity in the UN Minamata Convention on mercury.

#Mercury #Thimerosal #Corruption
#Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

To tell or not to tell? The ethical dilemma of the would-be whistleblower.

“Despite the growing emphasis placed on the responsible conduct of research, little attention has been devoted to the question of what an individual should do upon discovering research misconduct. This article takes seriously the dilemma of a would-be whistleblower. It identifies ethical considerations that can be taken into account in moral decision-making about reporting research misconduct. It also offers rough guidelines about the moral significance of each consideration in the decision-making process based on the facts of the case in question. The article, therefore, offers tools for a would-be whistleblower to use to arrive at a defensible resolution to a difficult dilemma.”

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

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Tuberculosis II: the failure of the BCG vaccine.

“Despite the questioning of its innocuousness and efficacy, the BCG vaccine was imposed worldwide in 1950 by medical and political organizations that showed no concern for these questions.”

#Vaccine #Failure #BCG #Corruption #Tuberculosis #MedScienceResearch

Unintended Consequences of Invoking the “Natural” in Breastfeeding Promotion

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

The use of fetal bovine serum: ethical or scientific problem?

“Fetal bovine serum (FBS) is a common component of animal cell culture media. It is harvested from bovine fetuses taken from pregnant cows during slaughter. FBS is commonly harvested by means of a cardiac puncture without any form of anaesthesia. Fetuses are probably exposed to pain and/or discomfort, so the current practice of fetal blood harvesting is inhumane. Apart from moral concerns, several scientific and technical problems exist with regard to the use of FBS in cell culture. Efforts should be made to reduce the use of FBS or, preferably, to replace it with synthetic alternatives.”

#Corruption #Vaccine #Veterinary #MedScienceResearch #Animals

Vaccine scandal and crisis in public confidence in China.

“In March, 2016, a vaccine scandal in Shandong province, eastern China, has led to the deaths of four children. According to state media, the prime culprit, a former pharmacist, was caught delivering vaccines to medical facilities on bicycles without approved storage conditions. The Shandong Food and Drug Administration made public a list of 25 problematic vaccines-including polio, mumps, rabies, hepatitis B, encephalitis, and meningococcal vaccines—that had been illegally sold in at least 24 provincial areas since 2011. Those vaccines are worth more than ¥570 million (ie, US$88 million).”

#Corruption #Error #Death #Vaccine #China #MedScienceResearch

Vaccine-related serious adverse events might have been under-recognized in the pivotal HPV vaccine randomized trial (2017)

“To the Editor:
After seeing several healthy girls developing a severe chronic illness soon after HPV vaccination [1], I analyzed all HPV vaccine randomized controlled trials.

The overwhelming majority of pre-licensure HPV vaccine randomized trials did not use inert placebo as comparator. The largest nine-valent HPV immunization trial [2] compared the newly developed nine-valent HPV vaccine vs. the four-valent HPV formulation. The innovative nine-valent HPV dose has more than double HPV virus-like particles and aluminum adjuvant than the previous formulation. Double-blind safety analysis contrasted 7071 subjects immunized with the nine-valent vaccine vs. 7078 who had the four-valent dose. The nine-valent cohort had significantly more systemic serious adverse events; n = 233 (3.3%) vs. n = 183 (2.6%) in the other group. Our calculated 2 × 2 contingency table pvalue was 0.0125. Oddly, only two subjects (0%) in each group were judged to have a vaccine-related serious adverse event. The authors did not comment on this incongruity.

This discrepancy arising from a pivotal large randomized double-blind trial suggests that nine-valent HPV vaccine-related serious adverse events were under-recognized. This emerging information casts further doubt on HPV vaccine safety.”

#HPV #Gardasil #Aluminum #Corruption #Vaccine #MedScienceResearch

Vaccines originating in abortion.

Furton EJ. Ethics Medics. 1999.
PMID 11657845

#Aborted #Fetal #Tissue
#Vaccines #Rubella #Abortion #MedScienceResearch

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When medical records are altered or missing.

No abstract available
PMID 10139234

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch

🛑 White coated corruption.

“This essay documents the state of the medical profession which was once a respected line of work but today is corrupted at every level, from medical education to medical practice, and ir both the private and government sectors. It calls for doctors, thE government and the public to act against dishonest doctors restore the dignity of the profession and work for the benefit of society.

#Corruption #MedScienceResearch