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

Could Vaccines Be Responsible for a New Epidemic?

About a month ago, a team of Australian scientists released a study of Australia’s recent whooping cough epidemic. Their results were disturbing, revealing the existence of a strain or genotype of the disease that can evade the vaccine. The scientists believe this strain may be responsible for the sharp increase in the number of whooping … Continue reading

Government and Pharma: A Case in Point

Earlier this month, the University of Pittsburgh held “A Scientific Symposium Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Development of the Polio Vaccine.” One of the speakers at this conference was Dr. Gary Nabel, director of the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Nabel has a pretty nice gig. … Continue reading

What is Behind the Jump in Life-Threatening Allergies?

An article in the Wall Street Journal last week focused attention on the rising numbers of children with life-threatening allergies. The article cites alarming statistics: according to research published in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, one in every 13 children in America has serious food allergies, with the number of children with … Continue reading

The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Controversy

Last week’s news about the harassment of FDA scientists and doctors who informed Congress that the FDA was approving risky medical devices showed the lengths to which pharmaceutical industries are willing to go to protect their interests. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – an organization tasked with the protection of American consumers – … Continue reading

New Report Finds 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Struggle With Mental Illness

A recent article at The Huffington Post had a startling headline: 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Had Mental Illness Last Year. A new report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed the following: 20% (1 in 5) of adults 18 or older in the United States experienced mental illness over … 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

Does the HPV Vaccine Really Fight Cancer?

A new paper published in the Annals of Medicine argues that, as we have said for some time now, the HPV vaccine may not be as effective as health authorities claim. The paper begins by summarizing one of the key points in the vaccine safety debate: since vaccines are given to healthy people to guard … 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

Gates Foundation Invests in Pharma: Conflict of Interest?

In March of this year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invested $10 million in Liquidia Technologies, a biotechnology company focused on vaccine development. According to Jeff Raikes, the CEO of the Gates Foundation, this is a way to “tap into the private sector … [to] add to the work we are doing and leverage … Continue reading