Paul Offit Teaches Online Course Selling Vaccines to the Public?

Dr. Paul Offit is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of such fear-mongering titles as Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All and Killing Us Softly: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine. Next month, the good professor is also going to be teaching … Continue reading

Medicare and Vaccination

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has long operated using a number of “core measures” to determine the quality of care provided by hospitals. This year, CMS is launching a new program through which hospitals will be rewarded according to how well they score on these core measures. Beginning October 2012, one percent … Continue reading

Pity the Poor Vaccine Industry!

Forbes currently has an article up that can at best be described as an ode to the HPV vaccine. Uncritically presenting the view of pharmaceutical industries, the article is so incredibly misleading that we thought we would point out some of its fallacies here. The writer begins by describing the case of Neal Fowler, not … Continue reading

Vaccine Exemptions Under Attack

A few weeks ago, we mentioned the way in which vaccine exemptions have been attacked during this past year. We seem to be moving closer and closer to mandatory vaccination and away from the concept of informed consent. You will be glad to know that one of the bills mentioned in that post was amended … Continue reading

Merck and Your Legislator

We have written here before about the way in which Merck marketed Gardasil in order to maximize fear of cervical cancer – a disease that regular pap smears prevent anyway. Our previous post focused specifically on the ways in which Merck manipulated the information available to physicians. Now, an exceedingly interesting study just released in … Continue reading

Dr. Sears Weighs In On CA Vaccine Bill

It seems this year vaccine rights have been under attack from all sides. In Vermont, bill S199 aims to remove philosophical exemptions for vaccination altogether, a proposal that has brought concerned parents together to protest this threat to their right to decide what is in the best interests of their child. Meanwhile, Dr. Bob Sears, … Continue reading

The Marketing of the HPV Vaccine

As we explained in our last blog post, the medical profession has an ethical obligation to explain both the risks and the benefits of any drug to a patient so that the patient can make an informed decision about whether or not to follow the doctor’s recommendation. This is particularly true for vaccines, which are … Continue reading

New Clinical Trial Tests Unsafe Anthrax Vaccine For Post-Exposure Use

We have been writing about the anthrax vaccine here at Vaccine Xchange for some time. It seems clear that Emergent BioSolutions, the maker of the only human anthrax vaccine (BioThrax) currently available in the US, is working to aggressively market the vaccine, including ensuring that its vaccine is authorized for use for use after inhaling … Continue reading

Who Does Your Doctor Represent?

This week, the American Public Health Association is holding their annual meeting in Washington, DC. Earlier this week, we wrote about a movie being featured at that meeting. Today, we’d like to talk about another presentation at that same meeting, this time dealing with parental concerns regarding vaccine safety. As the blurb on the APHA … Continue reading

Contagion: Nothing More Than Propaganda

        A month or so ago we wrote here about the movie Contagion and the way in which it seemed to be nothing more than a marketing vehicle for vaccines. We were unsurprised, therefore, when we saw that this week, the American Public Health Association featured the movie in one of their … Continue reading