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

“Fixing” Autism

Please check out this powerful call to action from a father, Lou Melagrejo, whose eldest daughter, Bianca, is autistic. As NESCA News put it: On his blog, Melgarejo calls this “a silent scream about health insurance discrimination against individuals on the spectrum and the disparity in funding autism research.” Filled with statistics he found on … 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

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

Update – Action Alert: Protect the FDA Whistleblowers!

The National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) has issued an appeal to end the harassment of health and safety whistleblowers. As we wrote last week, whistleblowers at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have suffered secret surveillance, harassment, and dismissal after informing Congress that the FDA was approving risky medical devices that could lead to cancer and … Continue reading

Notes on a Scandal: Blowing the Whistle on the FDA

A short while ago, we blogged about a 2006 report in which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Science Board concluded that, among other things, “The FDA cannot fulfill its mission because its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational structure is weak.”  The report further stated that the FDA’s “scientific workforce does not … Continue reading