Conflicts of Interest

It should go without saying that no one making public health decisions that will directly affect the lives of millions of United States children and indirectly affect the lives of millions of international children through our global influence should have any ties to the pharmaceutical industry. But sadly, this is not the case. Policies that do exist are either completely ignored or enforcement has been lax. The CDC, especially, has a lengthy history of corruption and deceit and has routinely turned a blind eye to vaccine conflicts of interest while it works to protect the private good. And, the problem goes all the way to the top with one previous CDC director working for Merck while another resigned in disgrace after allegations of owning stock in companies working with the CDC.

The US urgently needs, and taxpayers firmly deserve, ethical leadership in government, industry and media who are free from conflicts both before and after taking the job. The far-reaching health decisions made need to be driven by solid and truly independent science, not personal back accounts. Private, corporate and government reports and studies have called into question the rampant conflicts of interest currently occurring in our government regulatory agencies and in Congress. Here are some below.

An Untenable Status Quo—Conflicts of Interest Must Go

By the Children’s Health Defense Team   As the Children’s Health Defense eBook, Conflicts of Interest Undermine Children’s Health, tries to make clear, the passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) in 1986 was a watershed event that emboldened vaccine manufacturers and their public- and private-sector accomplices—notably the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Front Men

By the Children’s Health Defense Team [Note: This is Part X in a series of articles adapted from the second Children’s Health Defense eBook: Conflicts of Interest Undermine Children’s Health. The first eBook, The Sickest Generation: The Facts Behind the Children’s Health Crisis and Why It Needs to End, described how children’s health began to worsen dramatically in […]

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The Medical Journals’ Sell-Out—Getting Paid to Play

By the Children’s Health Defense Team   [Note: This is Part IX in a series of articles adapted from the second Children’s Health Defense eBook: Conflicts of Interest Undermine Children’s Health. The first eBook, The Sickest Generation: The Facts Behind the Children’s Health Crisis and Why It Needs to End, described how children’s health began […]

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How the Institute of Medicine Helped Suppress Questions About Vaccine Safety

The IOM has authored dozens of influential reports on vaccines. However, the organization’s independence on this topic is open to question, because it draws its members from the ranks of the very same government agencies, schools of medicine, schools of public health, hospitals and private foundations that have uncritically supported existing vaccine policies for decades.

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Vaccine Rhetoric vs. Reality—Keeping Vaccination’s Unflattering Track Record Secret

Officialdom’s wish to keep vaccination’s unflattering track record out of the public eye is nothing new and there is a chasm between vaccine rhetoric and reality for most if not all vaccines. However, four vaccines offer especially instructive before-and-after case studies.

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Close Ties and Financial Entanglements: The CDC-Guaranteed Vaccine Market

—Conflicts of Interest Undermine Children’s Health, Part V By the Children’s Health Defense Team   [Note: This is Part V in a series of articles adapted from the second Children’s Health Defense eBook: Conflicts of Interest Undermine Children’s Health. The first eBook, The Sickest Generation: The Facts Behind the Children’s Health Crisis and Why It […]

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Rubber Stamping—The FDA and Vaccines—Conflicts of Interest Undermine Children’s Health: Part IV

By the Children’s Health Defense Team   [Note: This is Part IV in a series of articles adapted from the second Children’s Health Defense eBook: Conflicts of Interest Undermine Children’s Health. The first eBook, The Sickest Generation: The Facts Behind the Children’s Health Crisis and Why It Needs to End, described how children’s health began […]

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Laughing All the Way to the Bank: Vaccine Makers and Liability Protection—Conflicts of Interest Undermine Children’s Health: Part III

When it comes to telling the story of vaccine injuries and how frighteningly commonplace they have become, denial, censorship and lies seem to be ruling the day—for now. However, future public health historians will surely acknowledge that the unprecedented health crisis beleaguering American children began around the same time—1986—that Congress let the genie out of the bottle by passing the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA).

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NCVIA: The Legislation that Changed Everything—Conflicts of Interest Undermine Children’s Health: Part II

In 1986, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA), radically altered the vaccine policy landscape in the United States. It essentially abolished vaccine injury lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers (or health providers), giving pharmaceutical companies what amounted to blanket immunity from liability for injuries resulting from childhood vaccines, while also exempting companies from the transparency and document discovery normally associated with litigation.

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The Rotavirus Vaccine: A Case Study in Government Corruption and Malfeasance

The major media dismiss public vaccine policy critics as “conspiracy theorists”, but no conspiracy is required to explain how it can be true that the CDC deceives about vaccines.   By Jeremy R. Hammond, Children’s Health Defense Contributing Writer In a previous article for Children’s Health Defense, titled “Why You Can’t Trust the CDC on […]

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Hidden conflicts?

In examining compensation records from drug companies to physicians who advised FDA on whether to approve 28 psychopharmacologic, arthritis, and cardiac or renal drugs between 2008 and 2014, Science found widespread after-the-fact payments or research support to panel members. The agency’s safeguards against potential conflicts of interest are not designed to prevent such future financial […]

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Conflicts of Interest at Medical Journals: The Influence of Industry-Supported Randomised Trials on Journal Impact Factors and Revenue – Cohort Study

Transparency in reporting of conflict of interest is an increasingly important aspect of publication in medical journals. Publication of large industry-supported trials may generate many citations and journal income through reprint sales and thereby be a source of conflicts of interest for journals. The authors of this study investigated industry-supported trials’ influence on journal impact […]

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Conflicts of Interest in Vaccine Safety Research

By Gayle DeLong How safe are vaccines? Health officials caution that no vaccine is 100% safe, but they sponsor studies that conclude the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks. Yet conflicts of interest (COls) cloud the study of adverse effects of vaccines, and public skepticism about vaccine safety information is widespread Investigation into the […]

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