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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Vaccines in the News 9/30

[9/30]( 90,000 swine flu vaccine doses on way - NJ (StarLedger)

[9/30]( Swine flu: will modern medicine save us?

[9/30]( OSU med center adopts flu vaccine rules

[9/30]( Maine awaits vaccine as H1N1 moves up coast

[9/30]( Rule change could facilitate flu shots for teens - Iowa

[9/30]( Cancer jab safe say health chiefs

[9/30]( Maine Kids Not Getting Needed Vaccinations

[9/30]( Second girl from Natalie school in 999 drama after cervical jab (DailyMail)

[9/30]( Girl dead from cancer vaccine had serious underlying condition (IrishTimes)

[9/30]( IACC: They Had to Have it Their Way (AoA)

[9/29]( Groundwork Laid for Mandatory Vaccination in Georgia

[9/29]( IACC Scientific Workshop on Autism Strategic Plan Webcast (AoA)

[9/29]( Hospital requires flu vaccines for all employees - Chicago (ABCNews)

[9/29]( How the First Family Can Lead on Swine Flu (WSJ)

[9/29]( Health Care Workers Rally Against Flu Vaccine Mandate

[9/29]( Health Care Workers Protest Mandatory H1N1 Vaccination (CBSNews)

[9/29]( N.Y. health care workers protest mandatory H1N1 flu shots (USAToday)

[9/29]( N.Y. Health Care Workers Revolt Over H1N1 Vaccine

[9/29]( CDC Looks to Force Vaccines on a National Scale

[9/29]( Students Could Be Kept From School Without Vaccinations - PA

[9/29]( Schools and councils across Britain suspend cervical cancer vaccines after death of girl, 14 (DailyMail)

[9/29]( FDA delays ruling on Glaxo cervical cancer vaccine (AP)

[9/29]( (TimesOnline)

[9/29]( Cervarix: Vaccine Claims It's First Victim?

[9/29]( Funeral homes prepare for possible H1N1 surge

[9/29]( Cervical cancer vaccinations suspended by NHS Trust after girl, 14, dies within hours of jab (DailyMail)

[9/29]( UK teenager "unlikely" to have died from vaccine (Reuters)

[9/29]( Cervical Cancer Vaccine connected to more deaths

[9/29]( New York State: Be Vaccinated Or Be Fired

[9/29]( Pregnancy Is No Time to Refuse a Flu Shot (NYTimes)

[9/29]( America's H1N1 Expert Says Scientists Are Clueless About Immune System Reactions to Vaccinations

[9/29]( NJ to get swine flu vaccines in next week

[9/29]( $120 Million for States Made Available as Part of Recovery Act Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative

[9/29]( U.S. Drug Companies Chase Vaccines (WSJ)

[9/29]( Belmar firm partners with A&P to offer flu vaccine clinics

[9/29]( Flu vaccine is mandatory for CHOP, Penn Medicine workers

[9/28]( Fordham Researchers Partner with Doctors to Uncover Keys to Autism

[9/28]( Health care workers protest flu shot rule

[9/28]( CDC Panel Backs Meningitis Revaccination

[9/28]( Merck acquires rights to CSL flu vaccine (Philly Inquirer)

[9/27]( Tell Your Representative to Stop Mercury From Chlorine Plants

[9/25]( No decision on seasonal flu vaccine here - Canada


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Vaccines in the News 9/29

[9/29]( MMR: Overview of the Studies (AoA)

[9/29]( Concerns about Dangers from Swine Flu Vaccine Grow (NaturalNews)

[9/29]( Swine flu vaccines - the case against them

[9/29]( Flu Summit Held As NJ Awaits H1N1 Vaccines

[9/29]( Jeremy Laurance: The swine flu jab is on the way – but do we want to have it?

[9/29]( Americans threatened with jail time, huge fines for refusing to buy health insurance (NaturalNews)

[9/28]( Glenn Beck on Flu Shots - advance to 4:00

[9/28]( Rally in Albany Tuesday Over H1N1 Flu Shot Debate (WOR)

[9/28]( A Participant in the H1N1 vaccine trials has an adverse reaction and coughs up blood

[9/28]( We aren't obligated to be guinea pigs

[9/28]( Schoolgirl dies after cancer jab (BBC)

[9/28]( Your Flu Vaccine Questions Answered (ABCNews)

[9/28]( Johnson & Johnson buys 18 percent stake in Crucell (AP)

[9/28]( Safety advocates gain ground in cell phone debate

[9/26]( S. 2028 Pandemic / Swine Flu / Vaccine Action Thread - Massachusetts

[9/26]( Dr Chris Shaw at the Vancouver Anti Forced Vaccination Rally - video

[9/25]( Immuno-Sterilization In Humans

[9/25]( Weekly flu watch - What swine flu ISN'T doing this week

[9/25]( Microchips and Cancer


Monday, September 28, 2009

Do You Support Vaccination Choice? Raise Your Voice for Choice! Albany, NY Vaccination Choice Rally 9/29

Do you support vaccination choice?
Join us in Albany, New York on Tuesday, September 29, from 10am until 1pm, on the East Side Steps of the State Capitol Buildling for a peaceful but focused protest rally against mandated vaccines.

The eyes of the nation will be on Albany this Tuesday as we deliver the strongest possible message that we will not have public health officials and legislators dictating our personal health care decisions.

More info here:

Vaccines In the News 9/28

[9/28]( Defend American Freedom: Albany NY Forced Vaccination Rally (AoA)

[9/28]( CSL signs 6-year flu vaccine deal with Merck (AP)

[9/28]( Dr. Marc Girard of Paris on Swine Flu Vaccination (AoA)

[9/28]( GSK's Pandemrix Vaccine…Let Out Of The Box

[9/28]( Thousands of kids have bad reactions to medicines

[9/28]( Think twice about new flu vaccines

[9/28]( Merck employees had "hit list" of doctors they sought to "neutralize", court documents reveal (NaturalNews)

[9/28]( Fear the vaccine, not the swine flu itself

[9/27]( Dr. Frank Lipman on HuffPo Talks H1N1 Vaccine (AoA)

[9/27]( Mandatory flu vaccination splits workers (Newsday)

[9/27]( Vaccine Expert Advises: Immunization Should Be Given As Early In Life As Possible (Science Daily)

[9/27]( Swine flu shot: Intense tracking for side effects (AP)

[9/27]( Some swine flu vaccinations contain thimerosal many link to Autism (Examiner)

[9/27]( The Life of Ian Larsen Gromowski: Our Baby's 47 Days - webinar 9/28

[9/27]( After a tragic loss, family steps up in flu vaccine trials (USA Today)

[9/27]( Drive-up flu clinic offered by Warren County Public Health Nursing Agency

[9/27]( Don't Blame Flu Shots for All Ills, Officials Say (NYTimes)


Sunday, September 27, 2009

F.D.A. Reveals It Fell to a Push by Lawmakers

September 25, 2009
From The New York Times
Same issue reported at

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that four New Jersey congressmen and its own former commissioner unduly influenced the process that led to its decision last year to approve a patch for injured knees, an approval it is now revisiting.

The agency’s scientific reviewers repeatedly and unanimously over many years decided that the device, known as Menaflex and manufactured by ReGen Biologics Inc., was unsafe because the device often failed, forcing patients to get another operation.

But after receiving what an F.D.A. report described as “extreme,” “unusual” and persistent pressure from four Democrats from New Jersey — Senators Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg and Representatives Frank Pallone Jr. and Steven R. Rothman — agency managers overruled the scientists and approved the device for sale in December.

All four legislators made their inquiries within a few months of receiving significant campaign contributions from ReGen, which is based in New Jersey, but all said they had acted appropriately and were not influenced by the money. Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach, the former drug agency’s commissioner, said he had acted properly.

The agency has never before publicly questioned the process behind one of its approvals, never admitted that a regulatory decision was influenced by politics, and never accused a former commissioner of questionable conduct.

“The message here is that there were problems with the integrity of F.D.A.’s decision-making process that have solutions,” Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, the agency’s principal deputy commissioner, said in a conference call with reporters.

Dr. Sharfstein said that patients in the United States who had already received the $3,000 device should wait for the agency’s review of the device’s approval and urged them “not to panic.”

Gerald E. Bisbee Jr., chairman and chief executive of ReGen, said that Menaflex was safe and described as “inaccurate” many of the agency’s characterizations of the device’s approval. Thirty patients in the United States and nearly 3,000 in Europe have received the device, and ReGen has trained up to 140 surgeons in the United States to use it. He defended the company’s appeal to lawmakers.

“We did what people do all the time in Washington: we went to our congressmen, we went to our senators,” Mr. Bisbee said.

Menaflex is a C-shaped pad used to repair a torn or damaged meniscus, the cushion between knee bones. A clinical trial of the device failed to show that it worked any better than routine surgery.

The report, written by top agency officials, said that Dr. von Eschenbach, who resigned as F.D.A. commissioner in January, became as a result of political pressure “personally engaged in the details of a process usually coordinated” by scientific staff. One agency manager concluded that Dr. von Eschenbach “was demanding not only an expedited process but also an outcome in favor of ReGen,” the report stated.

“Congressional interest in the ReGen matter — and the unusual responsiveness of the commissioner to that interest — initiated a chaotic new phase in the agency’s handling of the” company’s application, the report said.

In an interview Thursday, Dr. von Eschenbach defended his actions.

“My responsibility as that process was coming to a close was to make sure that it was continued in an orderly and appropriate fashion, and that’s what I believe I did,” he said.

The F.D.A.’s report said that its Office of Legislation began receiving calls from members of Congress in December 2007 complaining about its review of the device, and the office’s director “described the pressure from the Hill as the most extreme he had seen.”

All four members of Congress denied that ReGen’s political contributions had played any role in their efforts on its behalf with the F.D.A. and said they were merely doing their jobs by trying to help a constituent company.

The four representatives received a total of $26,000 from three ReGen executives beginning in October 2007, according to The donations began with $2,000 to a political action committee controlled by Mr. Menendez, the New Millennium PAC, on Oct. 28, 2007. Mr. Menendez received another $7,100 for his campaign account in March 2008.

Afshin Mohamadi, a spokesman for Mr. Menendez, said the senator’s “contact with the F.D.A. was to help to ensure that the agency was communicating clearly with the company and to help ensure a fair process.”

Mr. Rothman, who represents Hackensack, where ReGen is based, said in a statement that the company felt it was being “treated unfairly” and that “today’s report makes it clear that the F.D.A. made mistakes and communicated poorly with ReGen.”

Mr. Rothman was given a $500 donation on Dec. 4, 2007; on Feb. 14, 2008, he received $8,200 for his campaign account and $2,600 for his own political action committee, Renewing Opportunity, Trust & Hope, for a total of $11,300 from the ReGen executives.

Richard McGrath, a spokesman for Mr. Pallone, said the congressman had simply asked that the F.D.A. “follow the law and make its decision based on science.” Mr. Pallone received $2,300 in December 2007 and $1,000 in October 2008 from a ReGen executive.

Caley Gray, a spokesman for Mr. Lautenberg, emphasized that the senator “never made any calls or contacts” to ReGen Biologics, but did sign a letter along with other members of the New Jersey delegation. Mr. Lautenberg received $2,300 in May 2008 from a ReGen executive.

On Wednesday, the agency asked the Institute of Medicine to review the entire process by which the agency approves the vast majority of medical devices. The agency report was deeply critical of its device approval process and said that confusion over basic rules and how to resolve differences among reviewers was rife. For decades, most medical devices have received only cursory reviews of their safety and efficacy from the agency.

For equipment like bed pans and shower curtains, experts agree that quick appraisals are appropriate. But the medical device industry is producing more and more complex machinery like pacemakers and stents.

In January, the Government Accountability Office concluded that it was long past time that the agency demanded that manufacturers prove that all complex devices are safe and effective before being approved for sale.

The agency’s report said that ReGen, like many devices, was approved because it was supposed to be similar to an earlier device that itself was approved because it was similar to another device. The result is a “predicate creep,” the report said, in which devices are approved based on information from older devices that often bear little resemblance to each other.

Dr. David R. Schmidt, the knee surgeon for the San Antonio Spurs, said he was involved in the original clinical trial of ReGen’s Menaflex device and concluded that patients did not benefit. He said he was surprised that the F.D.A. approved it.

Vaccines in the News 9/27

[9/27]( Letter: Offers facts on swine flu vaccine

[9/26]( What Causes Human Papilloma Cancer HPV

[9/26]( CDC quietly revises autism rates to 1% of US children (Examiner)

[9/26]( H1N1 Vaccine: So Many Questions. One Doctor Speaks Out Against It.(AoA)

[9/26]( Bill Maher's New Rule on Swine Flu Vax (AoA)

[9/26]( Flu Vaccine Exposed (Mercola)

[9/26]( Mandatory Flu Shots Hit Resistance (WashPost)

[9/26]( Swine flu vaccine approved by health regulator and ready for use within weeks (MailOnline)

[9/26]( Before You Vaccinate with Gardasil, Know the Serious Risks

[9/26]( Supermarkets' Bloody Vaccination Campaign

[9/26]( Swine flu pandemic: How will it impact Ecuador and South America vs. North America?

[9/25]( Most parents won't have kids get H1N1 flu shots, study finds (LATimes)

[9/25]( Vaccinations & Mutual Respect

[9/25]( Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza Update: GSK's H1N1 `Pandemrix' vaccine receives positive opinion from European Regulators

[9/24]( Swine flu vaccine raises concern

[9/23]( Seasonal flu shot may increase H1N1 risk

[9/04]( Swine Flu Vaccines are contaminated


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Vaccines in the News 9/26

[9/28]( To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate (Time)

[9/25]( Why WA State Dropped Mercury Standards

[9/25]( Virginia Beach doggy day care makes dog flu vaccine mandatory

[9/25]( CDC - 2009 H1N1 Flu & You

[9/25]( Inoculation urged for both H1N1 and seasonal flu

[9/25]( Sound Advice: Pediatricians answer vaccine questions

[9/25]( School nurse shortage hampers swine flu response (AP)

[9/25]( Wyeth Says Committee Recommends Prevenar-13 OK (AP)

[9/25]( Evidence emerges that seasonal flu vaccine increases risk of H1N1 swine flu (NaturalNews)

[9/24]( FDA Reveals It Fell to a Push by NJ Lawmakers (NYTimes)

[9/24]( Vaccine Skepticism is in the Air

[9/24]( 21 Tylenol Children's meds recalled (CNN)

[9/24]( Rapid flu tests miss many swine flu cases: CDC (Reuters)

[9/23]( H1N1 (Swine Flu) Vaccine Mercury Suspension - Washington State

[9/20]( Swine Flu - The Virus and the Mass Vaccination Campaign Powerpoint

[9/18]( Dr. Harvey Karp - The Happiest Baby author on his autism theory


Friday, September 25, 2009

Vaccines In The News 9/25

[9/25]( American health workers worry about swine flu vaccine amid fears of autumn outbreak

[9/25]( Latest swine flu count

[9/25]( Cape May NJ County schools to receive swine flu vaccine (PressofAC)

[9/25]( UK Children Brainwashed into MMR Vaccine Support Through Manipulation of Academic Exams

[9/24]( Tamiflu for Oral Suspension: Potential Medication Errors

[9/24]( Manufacturers to blend swine flu vax into seasonal shot

[9/24]( Doctor Admits Vaccine Is More Deadly Than Swine Flu Itself & Will Not Give It To His Kids Video

[9/24]( New studies help mold market for flu vaccines

[9/24]( Does Last Year's Flu Vaccine Make you More Susceptible To H1N1? (AoA)

[9/23]( Swine flu prompts changes to Mental Health Act

[9/23]( A world first: Vaccine helps prevent HIV infection (AP)

[9/23]( MOH cautious on flu shot fears

[9/23]( Too soon to write off seasonal flu campaign: medical chief

[9/23]( Get your own beer! Swine flu is on campus (AP)

[9/23]( AIDS vax a surprising success in big trial

[9/23]( Merck offers $500M of Gardasil to poor countries

[9/21]( Vaccination 101: Why vaccines are useless, inefficient and dangerous


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Vaccines in the News 9/23

MMR jabs 'not to blame for autism' (Scotsman)

Dangerous Mercury Contamination of Human Body Increasing (NaturalNews)

NHS Study Shows 'No MMR Link to Autism'

Part II Seed Media's "Science"Blogs: A 180 Degree Shift in Reporting (AoA)

Nurses Plan Rally To Protest Mandatory Swine Flu Shot

State (WA) should encourage vaccination awareness

Health: 1976 Swine Flu Vaccine Complications (CBS)

Quad City Hospitals Make Flu Shots Mandatory

U.S.A.H1N1 Vaccines, 195 Million Doses: Availability, Safety Issues

Is the new swine flu vaccine safe?

H1N1 Flu Mist Insanity

Could Swine Flu Panic Be Worse Than Outbreak Itself?

VeriChip shares jump after H1N1 patent license win

Benefit and Doubt in Vaccine Additive (NYTimes)

New Drugs May Attack Flu, but Not in Time (NYTimes)

Thimerosal in pandemic vaccine scares moms

Dr Mercola Interviews Dr Blaylock on Vaccines

Obama fudging personal health-care horror story?

Hospital workers line up for the shot


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Vaccines In The News 9/22

Despite Anti-Vitamin D Bias, CDC Stumbles on Deficiency Link to H1N1 Deaths (Mercola)

Accidental Prescription Drug Deaths Spike Upward (Mercola)

Swine Flu Vaccine and Autism: Some Disturbing Reporting by Megan Fitzpatrick

Science Blogs: Seed Media's Aggressive Weed (AoA)

Report: Alzheimer's cases to nearly double every 20 years (CNN)

LI nurses to rally against mandatory swine flu vaccines (NewsDay)

Canadian Feds right to dot I's, cross the T's on pandemic vaccine approval: Doctors

To vaccinate or not?

What You Need to Know about Swine Flu Vaccine

Govt says 1 swine flu shot enough to protect kids 10 and older, but younger may need 2

Flu vaccine rekindles debate over connection to autism

Capitol alert for H1N1 outbreak; senators and staff to get masks (TheHill)