Navigation Links
Federal Vaccine Court Rulings Against Autism Families Due to Government's Refusal to Fund Sound Science

"One more reason to distrust the government's vaccine program," says SafeMinds.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Autism advocacy organization SafeMinds regrets today's court ruling against three families who argued that vaccination contributed to their child's autism. The denial of compensation was based on inadequate vaccine safety science available to the court. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the defendant in "vaccine court" and is also responsible for carrying out the very vaccine safety research that is used for the court's decisions. This conflict of interest means the deck is stacked against families and is one more reason to doubt the integrity of the National Immunization Program.

"The government has its thumb on the scales of justice," said Jim Moody, director of SafeMinds and an advisor to the Petitioners Steering Committee of the U.S Federal Court of Claims. "The Vaccine Injury Compensation Act passed in 1986 gave immunity to vaccine manufacturers and removed the incentive to create safer products. Meanwhile, the law only gives the illusion that parents will have their day in court. The process is dysfunctional."

Two HHS agencies, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are responsible for vaccine safety research. Even leading vaccine proponents have accused the CDC of carrying out safety research "on the cheap," and two systematic reviews by the Cochrane Collaboration have found vaccines studies to be of "poor quality" and "inadequate." The NIH director in charge of autism, Dr. Tom Insel, admitted that HHS's court cases prevent NIH from conducting autism-vaccine science. Last month, the government-dominated autism advisory committee blocked vaccine-autism studies from moving forward despite requests by their own scientific advisors and autism advocates. HHS gives billions of dollars to pharmaceutical companies to produce for-profit vaccines, and the CDC spends billions of dollars to expand the immunization of Americans, yet the CDC spends only $20 million on safety studies. Even this modest research is off-limits to the families' lawyers while the government's lawyers are allowed access.

"A neutral agency must initiate an extensive safety program, including studies of the health outcomes in vaccinated and unvaccinated groups," stated Sallie Bernard, executive director of SafeMinds. "Otherwise, trust in immunization will continue to deteriorate."

Over 5,000 petitions have been filed alleging vaccine damage to the developing brain and other immune and metabolic pathways giving rise to an autism diagnosis. The court has awarded approximately $5 million in compensation for such cases. Most cases are quietly settled, leaving the public in the dark. While the government has linked vaccine injury to autism, today's ruling demonstrates the legal process is arbitrary. Only sound science can say which and how many children with autism have a vaccine injury.

SafeMinds recognizes the bravery of the three families who now face a lifetime of inadequate support for their disabled children.

SOURCE SafeMinds
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Federal Court Declares Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism
2. Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Praises Federal Reauthorization of Childrens Health Care
3. Federal Trade Commission Files Complaint Against Par Pharmaceutical Over Court-Approved AndroGel(R) Litigation Settlement
4. Watson Acknowledges Federal Trade Commission Action Regarding AndroGel Patent Settlement
5. U.S. Senate Acts to Protect Kids, Save Lives by Increasing Federal Tobacco Taxes
6. University of Minnesotas Internationally Recognized Stem Cell Experts Available for Interviews on What Lifting the Federal Funding Restrictions Will Mean to Stem Cell Research and to Patients Who Stand to Benefit
7. UTSA receives federal funding for fossil fuel research
8. ISSA: First Fitness Organization to Earn National Accreditation by a Federally Recognized Accrediting Agency
9. VirtualHealth Technologies, Inc. Unveils Strategy to Leverage $20 Billion Federal Health IT Proposal
10. Federal Members of Advisory Committee Block Vaccine-Autism Research, Defy Wishes of Its Own Scientists, Autism Community, and Congress
11. Eli Lilly Pays a Record $1.4 Billion to Settle Federal and State Fraud Investigations into Illegal Zyprexa Off-Label Marketing Practices
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/29/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Effective immediately, every single IguanaMed scrub style will be available ... is offering a “Buy One Scrub Set, Get the 2nd Scrub Set 50% Off” ... at a discounted price. , IguanaMed’s mission is to outfit every healer ...
(Date:11/28/2015)... ... November 28, 2015 , ... Beginning November 30th at 6:00 a.m. EST until 11:59 p.m. ... , With possible savings of up to 20% off orders $80 or more to free ... website every few hours. , As a competitive e-commerce website for skin care and cosmetic ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 2015 , ... According to an article published November 15th by ... handling security in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, other cities are ... an attack from reaching U.S. soil. Especially around special events that may be high-profile ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Lizzie’s Lice Pickers just announced a ... customers 10% off of their purchase of lice treatment product. In addition, customers will ... to a company spokesperson. “Finding lice is a sure way to ruin the holidays, ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Intellitec Solutions announced today ... Group (MSDSLUG). Recognized as Microsoft’s official group for end users of Dynamics SL ... users, partners, industry experts and representatives. Intellitec Solutions’ membership status demonstrates their ongoing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... addition of the "2016 Future Horizons ... of Abuse Testing Market: Supplier Shares, Country ... report to their offering. --> ... the "2016 Future Horizons and Growth ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... 2015 ) ... "2016 Future Horizons and Growth Strategies in ... Supplier Shares, Country Segment Forecasts, Competitive Intelligence, ... --> ) has announced ... Horizons and Growth Strategies in the German ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... DUBLIN , Nov. 26, 2015 Research ... of the "Advanced Wound Care Market by Type ... Ulcers), End User (In-Patient Facility, Out-Patient Facility), and Geography ... offering. --> --> ... the description, definition and forecast of the global advanced ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: