Freedom of Information Act Documents
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. says, “As a nation, we can no longer pretend our trusted agencies are protecting our children. It is time to hold federal agencies accountable.” WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 11, 2019—In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the FDA has admitted, for the first time, that government agencies, including the CDC, […]
These are the memoranda of understanding between the CDC, FDA/CBER and HRSA which led to the IOM 2011 report on adverse events associated with eight vaccines. Thimerosal was not addressed and the final report found that 125 of 158 associations the IOM investigated had “inadequate evidence to accept or reject a causal relationship,” between the […]
Generation Zero: Thomas Verstraeten’s First Analyses of the Link Between Vaccine Mercury Exposure and the Risk of Diagnosis of Selected Neuro-Developmental Disorders
Between February 2000 and November 2003 Thomas Verstraeten and his supervisors at the National Immunization Program produced four separate generations of an analysis designed to assess the impact of vaccine mercury exposures on neuro-developmental disorders in children. With each generation, elevated and statistically significant risks were reduced and/or eliminated.
Increased risk of developmental neurologic impairment after high exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccine in first month of life. Background: Concern has risen on the presence of the ethylmercury containing preservative thimerosal in vaccines. We assessed the risk for neurologic and renal impairment associated with past exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccine using automated data from the Vaccine Safety […]
“The conferees urge NIEHS to work with CDC and expert independent researchers on research that could identify or rule out any association between thimerosal exposure in pediatric vaccines and increased rates of autism. The conferees believe that the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), a CDC-constructed database that follows 7 million immunized children from 1990 to present, […]
Peter Patriarca, an FDA employee, admitted back in 1999, in a confidential e-mail (need link) obtained through FOIA, that, “… the greatest point of vulnerability on this issue is that the systematic review of thimerosal in vaccines by the FDA could have been done years ago and on an ongoing basis as the childhood immunization schedule became more complex. The calculations done by FDA are not complex. I’m not sure if there will be an easy way out of the potential perception that the FDA, CDC and immunization policy bodies may have been “asleep at the switch” re: thimerosal until now”.
We’re working on a FDAMA project involving mercury in drugs and biologics and need to query the MedWatch database for reports involving biologics containing mercury. We’ve already done this for vaccines in the VAERS database, using the search terms mercury, thimerosal, thimersal and merthiolate. Our CDER colleagues on the FDAMA committee have performed a MedWatch […]
Powerpoint slides regarding thimerosal in vaccines, maximum potential ethyl mercury exposure from thimerosal in vaccines, mercury exposure assessment and thimerosal toxicity: gaps in knowledge.
(As you recall, thimerosal did not prevent the occurrence of abscesses following DTP vaccine from multi dose vials.) At the time Dr. Halsey wasn’t even considering the advantage of unicode vials if thimerosal is removed. Bill Egan has checked with mark Raza on whether the FDA is compelled to follow USP standards for preservation and […]
Now, let’s debate the burden vs. blood level information. I realize that most of the work being reported relates to blood levels but that does not mean it is correct. The blood levels simply reflect some of the body burden and we do not really know the distribution. The actual toxicity of Hg is not […]
I still don’t think we are using the data on “permissible” methyl mercury exposure levels to property assess risk. The whole Issue of relating what we’re giving in vaccines to their impact on blood and tissue levels of Hg rather than relating them to the chronic exposure standards of ATSDR, EPA, etc. seems to have […]
Above all, it is important to emphasize the odglnal intent of the FDA calculations. The purpose of these calculations was to determine whether infant exposure to ethyl mercury exceeds established guidelines for exposure to methyl mercury. They were not intended to serve as maximum exposure limits, the manner in which the CDC is now using […]
Graph and Tables: Ethyl mercury body burden after thimerosal injections vs. methyl mercury oral suggested limits.
As you know, Public Health Services informed us that they were planning to conduct business as usual, and would probably indicate no preference for either product. While the Public Health Service may think their “product” is immunizations, I think their “product” is recommendations. If the public loses faith in PHS recommendations, then the immunizations battle […]