GOVERNMENT'S DEFENSE OF MERCURY IN
VACCINES SHAKEN BY WITHDRAWAL OF EXPERT REPORTS
PRESS RELEASE CONTACTS: For Immediate CoMeD President [Rev. Lisa K. Release
Sykes (Richmond, VA) 804-364-8426] July 13, 2008 CoMeD Sci. Advisor [Dr. King
(Lake Hiawatha, NJ) 973-263-4843]
WASHINGTON, DC - In the United States Court of Federal Claims, National Vaccine
Injury Compensation Program, the contention by the Department of Health and
Human Services (DHHS), that mercury in vaccines does not cause autism, has
suffered an unexpected setback. In a June 27, 2008 Autism Omnibus Proceeding
(OAP) conference, attorneys for the DHHS announced that they were withdraw-ing
two key written reports and any statements which relied on those reports. Those
key reports, written by two world-renowned toxicologists (Dr. Laszlo Magos,
formerly from the Medical Research Council Laboratories, England, and Dr. Thomas
Clarkson, from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY USA), were the
toxicological pillars underpinning the government's claim that Thimerosal does
not cause autism.
On July 3, 2008, the three OAP Special Masters recorded that they had granted
the DHHS' request to withdraw the expert reports of Drs. Magos and Clarkson. In
addition, their court order stated: "… respondent would be permitted to
withdraw any reliance on those two expert reports, and that we would not
consider those reports at all in resolving those test cases."
Ironically, though Drs. Magos and Clarkson were expected to testify to the
safety of Thimerosal in vaccines, their previous publications clearly document
its significant toxicity. For example, Dr. Clarkson, working under a grant from
the National Institutes of Health (NIH), essentially declared that organic
mercurial antiseptics, including Thimerosal, should be heavily restricted or
withdrawn, "as the fact that mercury readily penetrates intact membranes and is
highly toxic seems to have been forgotten" in a peer-reviewed study published in
With the recent publication of studies proving a link between Thimerosal
exposure and autism, the current exodus of experts who are willing to testify
for the DHHS that Thimerosal does not cause autism appears to be escalating.
Tellingly, Dr. Bernadine Healy, the former director of the National Institutes
of Health, also recently said: "I think the government or certain public health
officials in the government have been too quick to dismiss the concerns of these
f amilies without studying the population that got sick."
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