GSK’s Murky Experiments On Babies In Ireland…


I reported on GSK’s involvement in the Tuam (Irish) baby trials several years ago on this blog, so it’s good to see that others have taken up the baton and now there is a lot online about these very dodgy trials. Great research from whoever wrote the article below and an interesting slant also when comparing GSK’s past trials on Irish orphans with its not so long ago- Study 329 Paxil (Seroxat) Trial-

 

“….In Study 329 you were informed that participation in the trial would not lead to any different treatment from standard clinical care. Well standard clinical care for the use of imipramine in adults at that time would have been to use doses of around 150 mg or less. In their adult trials running at the same time, GSK were using a 150 mg dose. But in Study 329, the protocol from the get go mandated pushing every child who got imipramine up to 300 mg if possible. It’s difficult to see any rationale for this other than by making imipramine look so toxic, Paxil might look good by contrast….”

Check out tuambabies.org for more on these hideous experiments.


 

 

 

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Woman In Ireland Sues Irish Medicines Regulator, GSK, And Minister For Health Over GSK’s Narcolepsy Causing Vaccine- Pandemrix..


An interesting case is brewing in Ireland over GSK’s Narcolepsy inducing vaccine- Pandemrix. It will be interesting to see how the case unfolds, and to what extent the Irish regulator (formerly- IMB- now the HPRA) and GSK, knew (or were aware), of the risks involved with Pandemrix.

Pandemrix was over sold, over-prescribed and over-hyped. There was really no need for these mass vaccinations at the time, but GSK made a tidy profit from it, they hyped it to the max and used every ounce of their power to promote it- and the public were used as guinea pigs.

This is typical GSK behavior, as can be seen from their Seroxat and Avandia debacles of past years, and perhaps also illustrated by their Tafenoquine human guinea pig experiments of the present.

Pandemrix is yet another useless GSK poison that was rushed to market on dodgy ‘evidence’ of effectiveness.

GSK are truly the Global Serial Killers.


 

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/woman-suing-state-over-swine-flu-jab-is-one-of-70-cases-initiated-1.3245950

Woman suing State over swine flu jab is one of 70 cases initiated

Kildare woman says she suffered narcolepsey and fainting fits after getting Pandemrix vaccine

Signs posted in Dublin Airport in 2009 warning about swine flu. Photograph: Frank Miller

Signs posted in Dublin Airport in 2009 warning about swine flu. Photograph: Frank Miller

An action by a woman who claims she suffered narcolepsy after receiving the swine flu vaccine is among 70 cases initiated here over the vaccine.

Aoife Bennett is among those suing the Minister for Health, the HSE and Glaxosmithkline (GSK) Biologicals S.A in the High Court over being given the Pandemrix vaccine against “human swine flu” in the period 2009-2010.

Her case was before the Master of the High Court on Thursday when he granted a preliminuiary application to join the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), formerly the Irish Medicines Board (IMB), as a defendant.

Ms Bennett, from Naas, Co Kildare, claims she suffered injuries including narcolepsey and cataplexy disorder, fainting fits, as a result of being given Pandemrix in 2009.

The application to join the HPRA came after her lawyers discovered information about the vaccine’s safety records furnished by GSK in 2009-10 to the then IMB.

The IMB, which became the HPRA in 2014, is a State body whose role is to protect and enhance public health by regulating medical products.

It is alleged the safety reports show a “particularly striking” difference between the number of adverse effects in those given Pandemrix and a similar vaccine also made by GSK.

Had parents been aware of the “vast difference” in the numbers of people who had adverse effects from the respective vaccines, they would not have given their consent to the administration of Pandemrix to their children, it is claimed.

As a result of the documents, Ms Bennett claims the HPRA owes a duty of care to persons given Pandemrix, including relating to how the safety and appropriateness of the vaccine was monitored.

‘Breach of duties’

She alleges that the manner in which the HPRA performed its functions breached those duties.

William Binchy BL, instructed by solicitor Gillian O’Connor, for Ms Bennett secured permission from Master Edmund Honohan to add the HPRA as a defendant.

In a sworn statement seeking to have the authority joined, Ms O’Connor said the application followed examination of 4,500 documents discovered to the plaintiff by GSK.

The HPRA was not represented at Thursday’s hearing but, in her sworn statement, Ms O’Connor said it has said in correspondence the board would not be admitting any culpability in the matter.

Ms O’Connor said the discovery process had revealed the IMB had data concerning the safety records of Pandemrix which is made in Dresden, Germany and a very similar vaccine also used to treat swine flu made in Quebec, Canada, called Arepanrix.

There are some differences in the manufacturing processes between Quebec and Dresden, Ms O’Connor said.

The safety records show the level of adverse effects in those administered Pandemrix ranged between 10 and 7 times higher than the Canadian made product, she said.

Adverse effects

One report from late 2009 stated, of the tens of millions of vaccines administered, there was a serious adverse effect rate of 75.9 per million for Pandemrix compared to 7.9 per million for Arepanrix. The type of adverse effects listed in the reports range from conditions such as convulsions, facial palsy, to stillbirth and fatal outcomes in those who got the vaccines, she said.

Ms O’Connor said the discovered material did not indicate the IMB made the information it had received available to the Minister or the HSE immediately after it was received, or at all.

A representative of the IMB attended all meetings of the National Public Health Emergency Team, which was set up by the Department of Health to oversee the administration of pandemic vaccines, she said.

While discovery is awaited on those meetings, no minutes were recorded regarding adverse effects of Pandemrix at meetings to monitor and oversee the swine flue virus, she said.

A HSE brochure issued to the public in 2009 about swine flu contained information to the effect it was safe to use Pandemrix, it had been appropriately tested and side effects were rare.

Mrs O’Connor said the reality, which she said was known to the Irish Medicines Board, was not all the conclusions contained in the brochure were warranted. Pandemrix was not adequately tested on children and young people before it was licensed, she said.

If They Can Remove Lariam From The Irish Market… Then Why Not Remove Seroxat?…


Seroxat, is arguably, more controversial than Lariam, and also caused similar psychiatric side effects such as suicide, etc. They remove Lariam, yet keep Seroxat on the market…why?

Note also that it was Roche (the manufacturer of lariam) who chose to remove the drug- not the Irish authorities…

-thanks to Examining Medicine for this point–

 

 

 


http://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0915/816884-lariam/

Controversial drug Lariam removed from sale

Friday 16 September 2016 16.56

Lariam's acknowledged side effects can be very severe and include anxiety, depression, paranoia and suicidal behaviour
Lariam’s acknowledged side effects can be very severe and include anxiety, depression, paranoia and suicidal behaviour

A drug at the centre of a number of legal actions against the State by members of the Defence Forces has been withdrawn from sale in Ireland.

It has emerged Lariam, an anti-malarial drug, was taken off the market at the end of July.

For many years Lariam was given to Irish Defence Forces personnel deployed to missions in sub-Saharan Africa to prevent the life-threatneing illness.

Lariam’s acknowledged side effects can be very severe and include anxiety, depression, paranoia and suicidal behaviour.

Fifty serving or former members of the Defence Forces have lodged claims against the State having been given the drug.

Legal proceedings have been served in 37 cases.

It has emerged that the drug manufacturer Roche took Lariam off the market in this country on 31 July. It remains available in other jurisdictions.

A spokesperson for the company said the decision followed a review of the products it offers here and was not related in any way to pending legal actions.

The company says Lariam was taken off sale following “a portfolio reassessment” by the company and three other products have also been discontinued.

They also point out that it remains available in 16 European countries.

The decision to withdraw Lariam ( which is also known as Mefloquine) from sale has been welcomed by some of those who allege they suffer from side-effects but they want assurances it will no longer be used by the Defence Forces.

Anthony Moore, who curates the Action Lariam Group for Irish Soldiers Facebook page, says they have asked the Defence Forces to take it off and will continue to do so.

Mr Moore is a former naval diver and soldier who served on numerous missions abroad.

A  Department of Defence statement said the Defence Forces were made aware by Roche Products Ltd that Lariam was being taken off the Irish market but the drug is still available to them via two main wholesalers.

The statement says there are no plans to withdraw Lariam from the range of anti-malarial medications they use.

The statement points out the health and welfare of Defence Forces members is of the highest priority and significant precautions are taken by medical officers in assessing the medical suitability of members to take any anti-malarial medications.

Meanwhile a Department of Defence working group initially set up in 2011 and reconvened in 2013 is continuing to examine all issues surrounding the use of the drug.

 

Songwriter Dylan Tighe Discusses His Prescription Of The Suicide Drug Seroxat At 19…


Dylan’s story eerily echoes, very closely ,to my personal Seroxat story..

One which I will be bringing to closure soon on this blog…


 

 

Dylan Tighe: ‘Instead of relieving my distress, I felt the drugs were compounding it’  The first time Dylan Tighe, who is 34, attended a psychiatrist was at the age of 18, after experiencing a prolonged bout of depression. “I just felt listless. There was a complete lack of desire and absence of joy that was overwhelming. It was an experience that would be repeated again,” says the award-winning theatre director.

After a brief consultation, he was prescribed Seroxat, an antidepressant, for the best part of a year. It was the beginning of several years of being prescribed a range of antidepressants and mood-stabilisers which, he says, had often severe side effects, such as an increased heart rate, short-term memory loss and sexual problems. In the meantime, he felt other options weren’t being made available, such as talk therapy, which might helped him resolve underlying issues. “Drugs were always the first port of call. There was a dismissive attitude towards talk therapy . . . instead of relieving my distress, I felt the drugs were compounding it.

“My engagement with the service and lack of choice disempowered me to the point where I’m sure it was a factor in the depression itself. “I found the relationship between the psychiatrist and patient quite patronising. They are the ones with the knowledge and power. Yet, all the assumptions on which I was being prescribed medication were very challengable – but it’s difficult to do so when you’re at a very vulnerable point.”

He says he would have liked to have been listened to about what he felt would work in his case – but says there was little leeway outside of the medical approach. After exploring options on his own, he found psychotherapy “infinitely more helpful”.

“The most helpful therapists were those with the most empathy. That was almost totally absent from psychiatry, in my experience.” Tighe hasn’t used drugs for about two years. He has serious reservations about psychiatric medication, but accepts that some people find them helpful. “You can’t generalise. Everyone’s different. In my case, I was told I may have to take them for the rest of my life, so I feel an enormous sense of relief now that I made a choice to stop taking them.”

Tighe is now putting the finishing touches to an album and stage production called Record, which will draw on his experiences of the mental health system. It will premiere at the Cork Midsummer Festival on June 25th and will go on to tour nationally. “The material uses my starting point of diagnosis and examines the area of emotional distress and ideologies around psychiatry, and looks towards a new way of conceptualising emotional distress . . . I feel I’ve made huge progress in coming to my own understanding of my experiences, which has been very empowering and enlightening.”


Published on Jan 6, 2015

RESOLUTION is a creative exploration of life from people who have met adversity and challenge with courage and compassion. People who are living from the inside out…

Dylan Tighe: Musician,Theatre-Maker,Writer


http://www.mindfreedomireland.com/index.php/articles-from-2012/1002-carl-o-brien

Dylan Tighe’s debut album Record, inspired by his personal experiences of emotional distress and of the mental health system, was released in February 2014 to widespread acclaim. The Sunday Times declared Dylan an “exquisite songwriter”,while RTÉ proclaimed the album “starkly brilliant” and “a deeply personal and deeply moving piece of work”. The Irish Times described it as “brimming with tunes” and “an audacious and seriously intelligent suite of songs. Dylan has also worked extensively as an actor and theatre-maker, winning the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production in 2010 for his production ‘No Worst There is None’ inspired by the ‘dark sonnets’ of Gerard Manley Hopkins. His stage production Record based on songs from the album at Cork Midsummer Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival was described by the Irish independent as proposing “a new theatrical form for a new way of thinking”.

A radio version for RTÉ, featuring songs from the album and challenging a scientific view of mental health, was nominated for the Prix Europa prize 2014. He has recently contributed a chapter entitled ‘Start Making Sense’ to ‘Madness, Psychiatry, and Performance’, newly published by Palgrave. A new work for radio- ‘Pulse Music/ Ceol Cuisle- about the poet Michael Hartnett and created in collaboration with musician Seán Mac Erlaine, was recently broadcast on RTÉ.
Dylan


https://beyondmeds.com/2013/04/28/dylan-tighe-record-questioning-a-scientific-view-of-mental-health-play-features-madness-radio/

Dylan Tighe – “RECORD: Questioning A Scientific View of Mental Health” Play Features Madness Radio

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Dylan Tighe’s new play “RECORD: Questioning A Scientific View of Mental Health” Features Madness Radio!

You can listen to it here and there’s more info about Dylan and the show here 

Theatre-Maker and musician Dylan Tighe uses his own psychiatric history to probe some of the assumptions underpinning a scientific view of mental health. The play proposes artistic expression, and lived experience- as capable of offering insights into the mind (and heart) which science cannot penetrate. This alternative record of mental health centres around Dylan Tighe’s psychiatric records and personal research and includes songs from his debut album RECORD exploring his diagnosis and experience, along with a collage of sonic and musical sources, documentary, dramatic scenes and archive samples relating to the science behind the concept of “mental illness”

Credits:

Director, Writer, Original Music: Dylan Tighe, Actors: Aoife Duffin, Daniel Reardon, Dylan Tighe, Sound Design: Jimmy Eadie, Sound Supervision: Richie McCullough, Producer: Kevin Brew

Songs are from Dylan’s debut album RECORD, produced by Jimmy Eadie and feature Dylan Tighe (Guitars and vocals) Conor Murray (Drums), Seán Mac Erlaine (Sax and Woodwinds), Donal Mac Erlaine (Saw) and Cian Murphy (Double Bass). Album available at I-tunes, amazon and  Dylan Tighe’s website.

Samples of interviews with David Cohen, Gary Greenberg, John Horgan, Jay Joseph, Robert Whitaker, and the voice of Will Hall, appear courtesy of Will Hall and Madness Radio

Featuring the voices of former Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Bertie Ahern, Antonin Artaud, Dr Pat Bracken, Dr. Peter Breggin, Dr. Andrew Harkin, Prof. Jim Lucey, Pat Kenny, Mary Maddock, John Mc Carthy, Seán Rocks.

Additional music by Mary Maddock. Dramatic scenes were inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 film ‘Persona’.

Irish government fights claims by children with narcolepsy after Pandemrix swine flu vaccine


http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/irish-government-fights-claims-by-children-with-narcolepsy-after-pandemrix-swine-flu-vaccine-34770780.html

 

Irish government fights claims by children with narcolepsy after Pandemrix swine flu vaccine

 

Irish government fights claims by children with narcolepsy after Pandemrix swine flu vaccine

By Eilish O’Regan

Published 03/06/2016

The Irish government is fighting compensation claims by children who developed an incurable sleeping disorder after getting the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine.

This is despite a Government-commissioned report saying the Pandemrix jab left susceptible children at 14 times greater risk of developing the condition.

It said other “unspecified factors” may also have played a role.

The first legal stage of the cases will come before the High Court next week when an order for discovery of documents from the Department of Health and the vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithcline (GSK) will be sought.

Solicitor Michael Boylan of Augustus Cullen Law, who represents 60 of the children, revealed yesterday that he is shocked the State is denying liability and fighting the families.

It is denying it owes a duty of care to the children who received the vaccine.

“They are denying everything and putting us on proof of everything. Denying a duty of care is very radical.”

Mr Boylan said the Irish expert group found a 14-fold increase in the incidence of narcolepsy among children vaccinated, compared to those who did not get the jab.

The untested vaccine was rushed out during global panic over the swine flu pandemic in the winter of 2009 and 2010.

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Swine flu jab linked to narcolepsy

Irish doctors must return flu vaccine over narcolepsy fears  

The pandemic turned out to be much milder than feared but parents were strongly urged by senior medical officers in the Department of Health and public health experts to have children, who were a risk group for the virus, vaccinated.

However, some 80 children who received the vaccine went on to develop the sleeping disorder narcolepsy.

The rare disorder causes people to feel drowsy or to suffer spontaneous ‘sleep attacks’. They can sometimes experience loss of muscle power and fall. This can be triggered by stimulus like laughter.

All of the young people, many of whom are now teenagers or young adults, are on medication to stay awake during the day or sleep at night.

Mr Boylan said the children allege negligence by the State and GSK in the circumstances where they were administered an untested vaccine and/or that the vaccine was a defective product.

Parents were not made aware of the fact that it was untested, he added.

At the time the vaccine was issued, GSK got the then government to grant the drugs giant indemnity from any potential compensation claims.

Mr Boylan said: “Other countries like Switzerland, America, Poland and Australia would not give a licence to the vaccine.

“They were afraid it was not fully tested.”

He said boosters were included in the vaccine, which increase the body’s immune response to the jab.

“It is not clear why the manufacturing process for the vaccine in Quebec in Canada, where no cases of narcolepsy followed, was different to that of the drugs plant in Dresden.”

Children in several other countries have been compensated; some through no-fault vaccine redress schemes.

In the Netherlands, some children have got payouts of nearly €1m and the sums demanded here are likely to be in seven figures, he added.

“If you look at the public health leaflets at the time they state ‘it stops with you.’

“People were made to feel they had a civic duty to get the vaccine to stop the plague.”

He said the health effects are devastating for many of the children.

Most also have cataplexy, in which they “collapse like a puppet” and have suffered accidents like falls down stairs or crashes through glass panes in showers.

Mairead Hilliard, whose son Alex (11) developed narcolepsy after the jab, said yesterday the condition has left the young people on life-long medication and at risk of never meeting their full potential.

The compensation is needed because of the debilitating effect it has on their ability to live a normal life, she said.

They are all growing up now and some are students who find they are fighting the illness all the time, and there is no cure for it, she added.

Irish Independent

Background

Pandemrix, a vaccine used in response to the swine flu pandemic that began in 2009, increased children’s risk of narcolepsy – a chronic disorder which causes excessive daytime sleepiness, research suggests. For every 55,000 doses delivered around one child developed the condition, said health experts.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, examined 75 children aged between four and 18 who were diagnosed with narcolepsy from January 2008 and who attended sleep centres across England. Researchers from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and Papworth and Addenbrooke’s hospitals in Cambridge found that 11 of these had received the vaccine before their symptoms began.

After adjusting for clinical conditions, the authors associated the vaccination with a 14-fold increased risk of narcolepsy. In absolute numbers, this means that one in 52,000 to 57,500 doses are associated with narcolepsy, said the authors. Since 2011, the use of the vaccine in people under the age of 20 across Europe has been restricted following reports of increased cases of the sleep disorder – which is characterised by periods of extreme drowsiness, sudden naps, and paralysis attacks.

GSK And The “Toxic Batch”… Glaxo’s Unethical Shenanigans Stretch Back Decades…


http://www.vaccineinjury.ie/vaccine-support-history.html

Irish Vaccine Injury Support Group

History

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s there was an upsurge in the number of severe adverse reactions in children who received the 3 in 1 DPT Trivax vaccine manufactured in the UK by Wellcome.

 

Because of this upsurge Eastern Health Board records (1973) show that the official in charge of the administration of the vaccine within the Dublin Health Board region was inundated with reports of severe reactions among children.  On the 24 September 1972 the official in charge wrote to Wellcome enclosing a list of the LOT numbers of the DPT vaccine that had caused severe reactions and to express her concern. (Child Abuse (Amendment) Bill 2005 Second Stage Speech by Denis Naughten TD Vol  601 28-04-2005 No 4).

In the first 6 months of 1973 more than 80 reported adverse reactions were recorded in the inner city of Dublin.

There were so many reactions to the 3 in 1 vaccine in the early 1970’s that by 1974 only 50% of parents were opting for the 2 in 1 vaccine omitting the whooping cough/pertussis element.

 

The IMB received notice of 324 suspected adverse drug reactions to the DPT vaccine since 1972.  87 of these were classified as serious in accordance with agreed international criteria (Dail reply No 791-29 Nov 2004).

 

The EHB co-operated with Wellcome in carrying out a study in 1973 comparing 4 types of DPT vaccine.  A total of 116 children were involved – 59 from the community and 57 from two children’s homes in the Dublin area.

Vaccine Trials in the Orphanages

The vaccine trials known as ‘Vaccine Trials In the Orphanages’ were part of the Child Abuse Commission investigation set up by the Government in 2000 to examine child abuse in the State. The inquiry had been looking at three trials of vaccines involving children in orphanages and children in the community in 1960/61 1970 and 1973. On 28 November 2006 Health Minister Harney halted the vaccine inquiry module following ‘a detailed examination of judgments in court cases related to the vaccine trials in both the High and Supreme Courts’.

Expert Group

An Expert Medical Group was set up by Health Minister Michael Woods in 1977 to 1984 to assess whether individuals who presented themselves to it were brain damaged by whooping cough vaccine – the decision was on the ‘balance of probabilities’. 93 people went before the committee – 16 were offered an ex gratia payment of £10,000 – 77 applications were declined.

 

Best Case

A DPT vaccine Batch that was administered in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s was Batch No 3741 and a vaccine LOT from this Batch was administer to a child from Co Cork called Kenneth Best.  In 1992 this case came before the Supreme Court and it was successfully proven that Toxic Vaccine was used widely in Ireland and caused brain damage. Batch 3741 failed 2 laboratory tests for potency and toxicity.  It was 8 times more potent than the recommended strength.

 

At the conclusion of the Best Case Justice Liam Hamilton described Wellcome as negligent and criticized the company’s quality control procedures.

 

Following the Supreme Court Judgment Kenneth Best received £2.75M by the vaccine manufacturers Wellcome for the permanent brain damage he suffered when vaccinated with vaccine from Batch 3741.

 

The ‘Best Case’ was the only successful vaccine damage litigation case in Ireland to-date.

 

Wellcome withdrew the wholecell pertussis vaccine in Ireland in 1993.

 

The Government under Health Minister Michael Noonan introduced acellular pertussis vaccine in 1993 because of the adverse effects of the wholecell pertussis vaccine.

TOXIC BATCH 3741

A search for Batch 3741 was ordered by the then Health Minister Brian Cowen after Glaxo Wellcome the drug company now called Glaxo Smith Klyne (GSK) made available the LOT numbers taken from the “Toxic Batch” at the centre of the Best Case.

Health Minister Michael Martin issued a report on the use of 3 in 1 vaccine

Report:

The Minister for Health and Children, Micheál Martin, T.D., today (27 February 2001) issued a report on the usage in Ireland of Trivax three-in-one vaccine from the batch which was at issue in the case of Kenneth Best. In 1992 the Supreme Court found that the Wellcome Foundation was liable for the disability of Kenneth Best, who had been immunised with this product in 1969. The particular vaccine batch involved was number 3741, which had been produced in 1968 and is believed to have had a shelf-life of two years.

The Minister said that in the light of the Best judgement, he and his Department had been approached from time to time on behalf of a number of individuals, whose families believe that they may have suffered damage as a result of receiving three-in-one vaccine, seeking assistance in tracing the batch or lot numbers administered in these cases.

The Department has been in contact with the manufacturer of this product, and also asked the health boards to examine their records to establish what information is available. “Much of the information obtained about the usage in Ireland of vaccine from batch 3741 has already been placed in the public domain. The purpose of this document is to set out clearly and comprehensively the information obtained by my Department about the issues involved”, the Minister said.

The report issued by the Minister indicates that 296 individuals are recorded as having received vaccine from lots produced from batch 3741 in the period 1968-1971. The number of recipients in each of the health boards concerned (the Mid-Western, North-Western, Southern and Western Health Boards) is as follows:

  No. of persons Period of usage
Mid-Western Health Board 183 October 1969 – October 1970
North-Western Health Board 3 November 1969 – February 1970
Southern Health Board 107 June 1969 – October 1971
Western Health Board 3 September 1969

Full details are contained in the report. The other health boards did not succeed in tracing any records containing the lot numbers concerned. The report issued by the Minister is available on the Department of Health and Children’s website “www.doh.ie”.

The health boards had undertaken detailed searches of their records for a period which predated the establishment of the health boards. In many cases immunisation records for this period no longer exist, or where they exist do not contain vaccine lot numbers involved. It would appear reasonable, however, to assume that vaccine from the batch concerned was administered more widely than in the 296 cases documented in the records which have been traced.

The records obtained suggest that in some instances vaccine may have been administered after its expiry date. However it is difficult at this stage to be certain about this, as full information on the expiry date of all vaccine lots is not available.

The Minister said that he has written to the Chief Executive Officers of the four health boards concerned, asking them to endeavour to trace the individuals who received this product and to inform them accordingly.

The Minister added that the expert medical consensus is that wholecell pertussis vaccine has not been proven to be a cause of brain damage. He said that this view has been confirmed by the Immunisation Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, which has stated that “although there has been controversy about pertussis vaccine the consensus from authoritative bodies is that it is a safe vaccine” (Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland, RCPI, 1996, p.25).

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children

As part of it work programme for 2000 and 2001 the Joint Committee examined the issue of ‘Childhood Immunisation’ to include an examination of current vaccination policy and practices – poor take-up rates and public concerns about the risks and adverse effects of vaccination. In excess of 100 submissions were received from the public and the medical profession and other interested parties. In its Report of July 2001 this committee recommended that a vaccine damage compensation scheme be set up at the earliest possible date.

Vaccine Damage Steering Group

Following on from the Report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health & Children on ‘Childhood Immunisation’ the Minister for Health & Children Mary Harney established a ‘Vaccine Damaged Steering Group’ early in 2007. Chaired by Chris Fitzgerald Principal Officer Public Health Division the group’s brief was to examine the issue of vaccine damage including compensation options. Submissions were invited from members of the public or interested groups on the issue of vaccine damage – 124 submissions were received from members of the public and 7 from interested groups up to 15 November 2009.

The Report of the Vaccine Damage Steering Group was released on 17 November 2009

The Group recommended that a ‘no fault’ ex-gratia compensation payment scheme be established and administered by the Department of Social and Family Affairs. A scheme consisting of a three tiered structure depending on the severity of damage is recommended and this applies to all cases of vaccination whensoever they occurred – provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

The Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney and her Department are currently considering the recommendations of the Vaccine Damage Steering Group Report in detail.

www.dohc.ie/publications/


http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/jun/30/tracymcveigh.antonybarnett

UK babies given toxic vaccines, admits Glaxo


British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline has finally admitted that thousands of babies in this country were inoculated with a batch of toxic whooping cough vaccines in the 1970s.

Some experts believe that these Trivax vaccines – which had not passed critical company safety tests – may have caused permanent brain damage and even fatalities in young children.

In 1992, the family of an Irish boy, Kenneth Best, who suffered brain damage from one of these toxic vaccines, was awarded £2.7 million in compensation by the Irish Supreme Court.

Despite a long and fierce battle with the drug giant, the boy’s family finally won this historic case after his mother Margaret made a startling find when sifting through tens of thousands of company documents.

She discovered that the Trivax vaccine used on her son, from a batch numbered 3,741, had been released by the company despite it having failed to pass a critical safety test. Documents revealed that the 60,000 individual doses within this batch were known to be 14 times more potent than normal.

At the time the Irish judge accused GlaxoSmithKline – then known as Glaxo Wellcome – of negligence and attacked the company’s poor quality control at its Kent laboratory. Immunology experts condemned Glaxo in court for what one US scientist described as an ‘extraordinary event’.

Last year an investigation by The Observer found evidence to suggest that vaccines from this faulty batch, which may have wrecked Kenneth Best’s life, had also been used in Britain.

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker raised questions in the House of Commons, asking whether vaccines from this batch had been given to British babies. Then Health Minister Yvette Cooper wrote to the company asking for information.

Now, almost a year later, GlaxoSmithKline has replied that it is ‘highly probable’ the toxic batches had been used in Britain.

The Department of Health is under pressure to make efforts to trace the children who received the suspect vaccines.

Last week in the House of Commons, Health Minister Hazel Blears said: ‘Unfortunately they no longer have details of the quantitites of vaccine or the places where the vaccine was supplied.

‘Since vaccines were not centrally purchased and distributed at that time there are no central records either. Information on individuals who received these vaccines will only exist if the general practioner at the time of the immunisation recorded the batch number and the patient’s notes are still available.’

Baker will now write to the Minister to demand that she asks health authorities to check the records to find out who received the vaccine. It is believed that at least one boy from Wales died after receiving a jab from toxic batch 3,741, although the parents have never been informed.

A spokesman for GlaxoSmithKline told The Observer : ‘We do not accept that these batches were harmful.’

Psychiatric “Treatment” – Irish Style…


http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/woman-tells-of-hell-on-earth-at-limerick-psychiatric-unit-685281.html?ref=yfp

Woman tells of ‘hell on earth’ at Limerick psychiatric unit

By David Raleigh

The HSE has said it is to investigate concerns raised by a well-known Limerick businesswoman after she experienced “hell on earth” in a psychiatric hospital unit in Limerick.

Last November, Leona O’Callaghan, 35, spent two months at the 5B Psychiatric Ward in University Hospital Limerick, which she described as a “violent” and “uncaring” place.

“The HSE need to hear the voice of the service users,” the mother of three said.

Leona O’Callaghan. Pic: Liam Burke/Press 22.

Ms O’Callaghan said she was forced to speak out publicly about her experience, because she got “no reply” to letters she sent to the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, and his Junior Health Minister, Kathleen Lynch.

In a searingly honest interview she described how after approaching a nurse in 5B, she was told she should kill herself if she really wanted to.

“The staff had put up a Christmas tree in the 5B ward and there were these decorations on it, and all I thought about was cutting my wrists with them,” Ms O’Callaghan said.

“I went to one nurse and told her what I was thinking, and she told me to discharge myself and to (kill myself) elsewhere. She told me, ‘we are only here to help the people who want help’.”

In highlighting her brutal experience, Ms O’Callaghan called for “better training” for HSE staff dealing with depressed and suicidal patients and “better facilities for patients”.

“Even though that nurse was stressed and overworked, that was not the way to deal with me at the time,” she said.

While not blaming the nurse specifically, Ms O’Callaghan described how she discharged herself from the unit and slit her wrists.

“Mental illness makes you irrational and you need another voice to help you see sense. My family found me 10 hours later in a graveyard after I slit my wrists,” she said.

Leona O’Callaghan. Pic: Liam Burke/Press 22.

When she was brought back to the hospital she said a nurse in the A&E department told her: “Suicide was the most selfish thing anyone could do.”

“She also told me the injuries to my wrists would never heal and that I would have to tell my children what I had done.”

“I hated myself so much and that comment only made me feel worse. She’s working in the medical field, so I thought she must be right. I’m scared, God forbid, if I were to need help again that the right help is not there,” Ms O’Callaghan added.

She said she decided to take her own life late last year when a “traumatic experience” from her childhood resurfaced bringing with it “flashbacks and panic attacks”.

“I couldn’t function. I wanted to die. I was consumed by thoughts of suicide,” she said.

Ms O’Callaghan said it took 36 hours for a psychiatric nurse to evaluate her mental state after she first presented at A&E last year.

After eventually being referred to 5B, she said she entered a violent world where patients would “scream for hours night after night” leaving her “sleep deprived” and “scared”.

She added: “One patient attacked a nurse with a set of keys. Another patient attempted to attack another nurse with a scissors.”

Leona O’Callaghan. Pic: Liam Burke/Press 22.

She claimed a relaxation room at the psychiatric unit could not be accessed during her stay due to staff shortages.

She warned: “The staff in 5B are completely overworked and stressed. So many people are throwing themselves in the river in Limerick, attempting suicide, and going in and out of 5B.”

“There’s an epidemic in suicide in Limerick. Obviously something is going wrong.”

She added: “The end stop in all of this – the hospital – doesn’t have the right supports. It doesn’t have to be this way.”

“I don’t have all the answers, but what I want to say is that all the stakeholders – the nurses, the doctors, the consultants, the physiologists, the volunteer workers, and the Government – all need to come together.

“There is no joined up thinking in the mental health services.”

Ms O’Callaghan, who has taken a year out and sold off her businesses, Kids Playbus Ltd and the Dream Teddy Bear workshop, said: “There is another side to all of this. There is help out there. Personally, for me, it wasn’t in 5B. I’ve got great help from GROW, Le Cheile and other services.

“I’m doing much better now. I’m doing well. Those (suicidal) thoughts are gone, and I’m fully aware now that the worst thing I could do for my children is to take myself out of the picture.”

A HSE spokesperson said: “We are looking into the concerns and comments she has raised in her letters to the Health Minister.

“We can’t comment on specific cases due to patient confidentiality,” the spokeswoman said.

Asbestos Contamination At A GSK Plant In Sligo Ireland?


Last year I received an e-mail from a whistle-blower based at the GSK (Stiefel) site who claimed that there was a major contamination problem at this GSK site in Sligo in Ireland. Allegedly, there was asbestos contamination which affected a few GSK drugs that are manufactured there (and also according to these claims- if they are true- some employees health has been affected by these health and safety breeches). I cannot verify with certainty if any of this is true or factual, as it seems the whistle-blower got cold feet and didn’t follow up after a few emails- (for one reason or other maybe they got scared, which is understandable considering GSK’s reputation). However, I happened to stumble upon this strange (locked) blog which is called gsksligo.blogspot.uk, and a number of posts on Google plus (screen-shots below) which seem to be from a Whistle-blower involved in somehow attempting to alert the public to the alleged various issues (contamination etc) at the GSK Stiefel Site in Sligo, Ireland.

As I said already- I have no idea if this story on the aforementioned blog is true or not, so I am not responsible for the accuracy of these allegations, I am merely relaying information which was e-mailed to me and posting from information I found online, but something certainly seems a little strange and if these allegations are true it seems that people’s health has certainly been put at risk. The screenshots below (and the blog) is stuff I stumbled upon while merely Googling, therefore, they are not my responsibility (nor am I endorsing their content)- anyone can find them with a simple Google search. However from the information contained in the e-mails I originally received, I have no reason to doubt their sincerity or the authenticity of the original whistle-blower (who will of course remain anonymous). I would like to post more, but I will await word from the whistle-blower before I reveal the list of products produced at this site which are allegedly contaminated with asbestos (that’s if the source makes contact again- they might not). In the meantime- If anyone has any further information on this, please contact me on truthman30@gmail.com, furthermore if there is interest from media/journalists etc about this story- (perhaps they know more about this story?, maybe there is a legal case? or maybe I can lead them to a contact in order to explore further)- please mail me on the same e-mail.

Thanks..

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It is worth noting that GSK have had issues of contamination in other plants (that we are aware of) such as in Cork, and Puerto Rico. Their safety record  -or lack of it – (like a a lot of things GSK related- such as their ethics and morals) kind of speaks for itself.

See links for more…

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/glaxosmithkline-team-ignored-test-results-

says-watchdog-264055.html

GlaxoSmithKline Ireland’s own quality control team ignored test results that could have indicated drug contamination at the Cork plant as far back as 2011,according to the US drugs watchdog.

http://www.in-pharmatechnologist.com/Regulatory-Safety/GSK-fined-750m-for-old-Puerto-Rico-plant-violations

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/worse-than-you-think-10-things-you-dont-know-about-glaxos-750m-paxil-settlement/

The FDA began investigating GSK in Puerto Rico in 2001, issuing a warning letter. The company thus had nine years to get its act together — but didn’t.