Vaccines

Pentacel: from aborted human fetal cell line MRC-5 (7/08)

PENTACEL: PARENTS, PHARMACISTS, & PHYSICIANS BEWARE. A July 17 article picked up by AP is touting Sanofi Pasteur's new Pentacel vaccine as a vaccine that will reduce the number of shots children receive. In fact, this is not true for most children who are already being vaccinated with Glaxo SmithKline's Pediarix, another 5-in-1 vaccine that has been widely used in the US for over 5 years.    The difference between the two is that Pentacel includes DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), polio and HiB.  Pediarix includes DTaP, polio and hepatitis-B.  Either shot would require an additional 3 injections of either Hepatitis-B or HiB.  And while Pentacel is given in 4 doses; Pediarix requires only 3 doses.  Pentacel also requires reconstitution from 2 separate vials prior to administration, while Pediarix comes ready to be used, making it less cumbersome and safer to use.  Either vaccine can be given from 6wks of age to 18 mos.   But the greatest disparity between the two vaccines is that Pentacel uses aborted fetal cell line MRC-5 in its polio version, while Pediarix uses Vero cell lines, making it the vaccine of choice for prolife families and physicians.    Sanofi chose to market their aborted fetal version in the US after Canadian Physicians for Life successfully lobbied Health Canada for access to the ethically produced version in 2006 and stopped using Pentacel.    In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and the FDA withdrew the Sanofi "tainted" version of polio (Poliovax) from distribution in the US in early 2000.  The only separate dose of the polio vaccine (IPOL) that is given in the US...

Cervarix, the second HPV Vaccine, Is Delayed

CERVARIX NB: Glaxo Smith Kline announced yesterday that their HPV vaccine, Cervarix, will be delayed in the US until sometime in late 2009 due to less than stellar results submitted to the FDA… http://www.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct=us/0-0&fp=486aa268c1550cc7&ei=TnJqSJupMIfsyATvnJjHAw&url=http%3A//online.wsj.com/article/SB121484151326916113.html%3Fmod%3Dgooglenews_wsj&cid=1224229756&usg=AFQjCNG82std0P5cNCHVdx7gG2XXK_ascg [PFLI PharmAid Center, www.pfli.org PharmFacts E-News Update — 1 Jul...

Death Toll Linked to Gardasil Vaccine Rises / Examining the FDA’s HPV Vaccine Records

Complications include shock, ‘foaming at mouth,’ convulsions, coma. “Anaphylactic shock,” “foaming at mouth,” “grand mal convulsion,” “coma” and “now paralyzed” are a few of the startling descriptions included in a new federal report describing the complications from Merck & Co.’s Gardasil medication for sexually transmitted human papillomavirus – which has been proposed as mandatory for all schoolgirls. The document was obtained from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by Judicial Watch, a Washington group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, and it has details of 10 deaths just since September. “Given all the questions about Gardasil, the best public health policy would be to re-evaluate its safety and to prohibit its distribution to minors. In the least, governments should rethink any efforts to mandate or promote this vaccine for children,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. The organization’s work uncovered reports of about one death each month since last fall, bringing the total death toll from the drug to at least 18 and as many as 20. There also were 140 “serious” reports of complications including about three dozen classified as life-threatening, 10 spontaneous abortions and half a dozen cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. The document reveals the case of an 18-year-old woman who got the Gardasil vaccine, was found unconscious that evening, and died. Another woman, age 19, got the drug and the next morning was found dead in her bed. The new documents also reveal a total of 8,864 Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System records, up from a total of 3,461 that had been reported in a document just last fall. WND previously has reported how Merck was...

Coast Guard Allows Officer to Refuse Abortion-Based Vaccine (2008)

COAST GUARD OFFICIALS BACKED DOWN  in the face of pressure from a pro-life law firm that recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Coast Guard officer who, officials told him, must submit to a vaccine that was derived based on fetal tissue from abortions.   Officer Joseph Healy said the vaccine's derivation violates his pro-life moral and religious beliefs.  Coast Guard officials who initially refused to excuse an officer from the injection relented after the Alliance Defense Fund filed the suit. On Friday, the Coast Guard notified the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that it will grant Healy a religious exemption. As a result, ADF attorneys plan to file a motion to voluntarily dismiss the lawsuit they filed for Healy in January.   “Christians shouldn't be punished for abiding by their beliefs against abortion. The Coast Guard has done the right thing in recognizing that those who lay their life on the line to defend our shores are entitled to the same freedom as anyone else not to have their particular beliefs disregarded," ADF attorney Matt Bowman told LifeNews.com.   “Members of the U.S. military should never be forced to make an unconstitutional choice between honoring their country and adhering to the belief that health and medicine can prosper without exploiting the killing of pre-born children,” Bowman said.   In May 2006, the Coast Guard, which requires its personnel to be vaccinated against a variety of diseases, ordered all active-duty personnel to receive one of two vaccines against Hepatitis A or show proof of immunity.   The vaccines are derived from cells taken from the lung...

July – March 2008: Vaccines

Biotech Firm To Provide Ethical Alternatives to Aborted Fetal Vaccines Feds Admit Vaccine 'Aggravated' Autism NEW! Newly Approved Pentacel Vaccine Uses Aborted Fetal Cell Line MRC-5… BIOTECH FIRM TO PROVIDE ETHICAL ALTERNATIVES TO ABORTED FETAL VACCINES. (Seattle) In a victory for pro-life families around the world, AVM Biotechnology LLC (AVM Biotech) today announced their decision to provide ethical alternatives in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and vaccine development. Dr Theresa Deisher, AVM Biotech Research and Development Director and founder stated, “We will be working to bring commercially available, morally acceptable, vaccines to the US market and to use existing technology to produce new morally certified vaccines.  Revenues from the vaccine business will also further the research, development and commercialization of morally certified therapeutics in other areas of medicine as well.” The announcement was an answer to years of hard work and prayers for Children of God for Life, a pro-life organization that has battled to bring moral alternatives to aborted fetal vaccines to the US market for nearly a decade. “There are no words sufficient to express our deepest gratitude to Dr Deisher and AVM Biotech”, noted the group’s Executive Director, Debi Vinnedge, who was also named to AVM Biotech’s Advisory Board for vaccine development. While most vaccines and medicines are produced in an ethical manner, several are manufactured using cell lines derived from aborted fetal tissue with no competing ethical products available. Vinnedge noted this has left concerned pro-life families in both a difficult and unjust position. “For too long parents who want to protect their children without compromising their deeply held pro-life and religious beliefs have been...

Ethical Vaccines May Come to Canada (1/07)

Ethical, non-aborted fetus-derived vaccines may soon be available in Canada. According to Alberta and Ontario health ministries, ethical vaccines to replace a brand made from cell lines derived from aborted fetuses will soon be available in Canada.   “This is a step in the right direction,” said Dr. Rene Leiva, an Ottawa-based family doctor and spokesperson for Canadian Physicians for Life. “This way we are avoiding being coerced into using a medical treatment that violates the consciences of many parents.”   It is unclear, however, when the change will take place, as a bulk contract with Sanofi Pasteur is up in March 2007 and the company may face competition when Public Works Canada opens up the bulk contract to other bidders. So Leiva is urging Canadians to continue to pressure their respective provincial health ministries to make ethical vaccines available.   Canadian Physicians for Life’s president Dr. Will Johnston had written provincial health ministers in early December, urging them to replace the Sanofi Pasteur’s Pentacel, a vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, polio and other illnesses, with Pediacel, an ethical vaccine made by the same company and also approved by Health Canada.   Sanofi Pasteur’s major competitor GlaxoSmithKline may compete for the contract. Its Infanrix-IPV-Hib combination vaccine was recently licensed for use in Canada. Leiva said that vaccine is also ethical.    Several provincial health ministries have replied. In a Dec. 22 letter, Alberta’s deputy health minister Paddy Meade wrote Canadian Physicians for Life the province was aware “some vaccines are made from human cell-line cultures which were derived from embryonic tissue from three medically indicated abortions conducted decades ago.”  ...

A Pediatrician Discusses Vaccines (8/05)

Unfortunately, propaganda regarding vaccines is rampant on the Internet, and we are hearing more on national media about the “connection” between vaccines and autism.  Accusations of “big medicine” and “big business” being out to hurt the public for a profit are quite common.  To the best of my knowledge, there are no studies to document any connection between autism and immunizations.  In spite of comments by some, organized medicine has looked quite extensively for a possible connection but have been unable to show any direct cause and effect relationship.  Many claims are speculative and scientifically unsubstantiated.  I have speculative theories of my own as to why we are seeing an increased number of diagnoses; but that is just what they are –speculative theories. We deal with this regularly at our office.  Sadly, this type of publicity is better for sensationalism than for productive and useful dialogue.  I would be interested to know if there is a charge for the newsletter offered by the “medical professionals” who publish this hype, and if they charge a speaker fee to present their opinions. Part of the confusion stems from the fact that there exists a problem that has no solution as of yet.  People whose families are painfully impacted by this condition are crying out for an answer and any and all possibilities are “fair game”.   Granted, no one can definitively state that some children might not have experienced some type of idiosyncratic reaction or response to vaccines that predisposed them to neurological abnormalities, but there are also an infinite number of exposures that women have when they are pregnant that did...

Ethical Vaccines (8/04)

If you are concerned about providing ethical vaccines for your patients, you may want to visit www.cogforlife.org to read about their work and sign on. Human Life International and CoG for Life have teamed up with American Life League to establish a nationwide network of pro-life doctors who will assist parents in obtaining ethical alternatives to vaccines derived from abortion. The goal is to set up geographically strategic pro-life sites where parents can take their children to obtain single dose measles and mumps vaccines that use chick embryo, not aborted fetal cell lines. Because they are only sold in10-packs, parents are having trouble finding doctors willing to help. As a result, A DB of Pro-Life physicians (www.cogforlife.org/prolifephysicianlist.htm) helps parents find pro-life doctors in their area.  At the CoG for Life website, there is a list of pro-life physicians: physicians:www.cogforlife.org/physicians.htm[23 Aug 2004 Pro-Life E-News; [email protected],...

Japan Tries To License Ethical Rubella Vaccine In US

In 7/03, the Japanese manufacturers of the untainted rubella vaccine, [Kitasato Inst] met with Baxter Int’l to establish a US pharmaceutical partner for import licensing/distribution of both single doses and a new MMR; they failed to reach an agreement. [August Vaccine Update/ CoG for...