One Click Note: So far this 2012 Gayle DeLong's
paper on conflicts of interest in vaccine safety research is the must
read of the year for those with even just a passing interest in
vaccines, especially those with children. It is highly informative.
As we now know, medical research fraud is endemic, vaccine research
Gayle DeLong highlights how vaccine manufacturers have little
incentive to research the safety of their products.
ONE CLICK SELECTED EXTRACTS
Conflicts of Interest in Vaccine Safety Research, Accountability in
Research. 19:65-88. 2012
From the FDA, CDC to U.S.
Congress, they all get a hammering as Gayle DeLong pulls their vaccine
"Sponsoring research that finds a link
between autism and vaccines that the FDA has approved could greatly
damage the Administration's reputation and reduce public trust in
the FDA. If the information that the FDA is mandated to provide the
public includes studies that show vaccines could be related to
autism, it would be providing evidence for claims being filed within
its own agency.
CDC: It has at least three major COls that could hamper its ability
to provide objective research about vaccines. It is also charged
with controlling disabilities. If the research it sponsors were to
identify vaccines as being hazardous and if the vaccination schedule
it recommends is associated with autism, it would be forced to
concede that its policies did not support its goals and actually
promoted disabilities. Since the CDC is charged with promoting
vaccination programs as well as assessing vaccine risks, it might be
reluctant to sponsor research that uncovers risks it may have
Members of Congress may be reluctant to sponsor research into
vaccine safety for at least two reasons: contributions and prospects
of future employment."
"Few consequences seem to be in place for
authors who do not declare COls, and at least one major medical journal,
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), has modified its
policy to make the investigation of COls less transparent (DeAngelis and
Medical journal authors' ties to vaccine manufacturers are pervasive, as
revealed in a review of authors of vaccine safety articles published in
Even on the peer-reviewed side of things, it has been said that the
journals are the marketing arm of the pharmaceutical industry. That is
not untrue. To a large extent, that is true. (UKHC Science and
Technology Committee, 2011)"
"While the safety of an individual vaccine
is considered in the regulatory approval process, studies tend to
observe the effects of a vaccine for only a few weeks after the
administration of the shot, so long-term effects are unknown.
Moreover, no study of the safety of the entire US. vaccine schedule has
ever been undertaken. That is, the safety of the combination of vaccines
Although many parents report that vaccines have caused or are associated
with autism, no research sponsor has launched a major investigation of
the children who are alleged to have developed autism from vaccines. One
study found at least 83 vaccine-injured people who received
Some industry analysts have characterized public confidence in vaccines
as a crisis (Black and Rappuoli, 2010). Kennedy et al. (2011) report
that 77% of US. parents surveyed have at least one concern about vaccine
Not only parents, but health care workers including new doctors are also
raising questions about vaccine safety. One study revealed that only 40%
of health care workers received an influenza shot (King et al., 2006).
In another study, reasons for refusal by health care workers included
concern over adverse reactions (Clark et al., 2009)."
Gayle DeLong is to congratulated for putting these concerns so
effectively in the public domain. Reading the full text of this paper is
an education, particularly for parents, that they will never live to
The One Click Group
5 March 2012