French judges investigate vaccine manufacturer for manslaughter


In what was called a “thunderclap in the vaccine industry,” French authorities have opened a formal investigation concerning a hepatitis B vaccination campaign by GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur in the 1990s. It is alleged that the companies failed to fully disclose neurologic side effects. Another investigation opened by Judge Marie-Odile Bertella-Geffroy concerns the death (“manslaughter”) of a 28-year-old woman from multiple sclerosis, allegedly connected to the vaccine (Le Figaro 1/31/08).

From 1994 to 1998, almost two-thirds of the French population and almost all newborn babies were vaccinated against hepatitis B, but the campaign was temporarily suspended because of concerns about side effects.

Some 30 plaintiffs, including the families of five patients who died after the vaccination, have launched civil actions (Reuters 1/1/08).

A British case-controlled analysis showed an odds ratio of 3.1 (95% CI 1.5-6.3) for first symptoms of multiple sclerosis in recipients of recombinant hepatitis B vaccine compared to controls. Two previous French studies had shown a RR of about 1.5. Other studies showed a nonsignificant increase or null findings, especially when date of diagnosis rather than date of first symptoms was used (Neurology 2004;63:838-842).

According to attorney Clifford Miller, “British doctors administering hepatitis B vaccine to infants could face criminal prosecution if fully informed consent is not obtained. Civil prosecution for damages is possible over 21 years later if the injured survive as adults” (UK Press Association Newswire/Romeike, September 2005).

The hepatitis B vaccine has been considered “one of the safest vaccines ever produced” (Neurology, op. cit.). On the other hand, French medical expert Marc Girard has said that “for a preventive measure, hepatitis B is remarkable for the frequency, variety and severity of complications from its use” (Romeike, op.cit.)

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  1. My family experienced two major medical errors in 2005. The first was my newborn daughter Olivia. A nurse at Ottumwa Regional Health Center asked my wife and I if we wanted our newborn daughter to receive the Hepatitis B Vaccine. We both replied “NO” and signed a refusal document. Two hours after Olivia was born the nurse gave our daughter the vaccine. We were told that there was “Zero” risk to our daughter. Two weeks later Olivia stopped breathing and was taken to the ER. She was in respiratory acidosis which is caused from bronchial spasms. These spasms can be caused from asthma; she is not asthmatic. Also, these spasms can occur within weeks of vaccines caused by serium sickness. Our daughter had a severe reaction to the Hepatitis B vaccine and almost died. The hospital fought the case and we were unable to get legal help due to the small nature of the “payoff”. Since Olivia lived and has no indication of damage it is difficult to get law firms interested.

    Seven months after Olivia’s experience my 36 year old sister (Heather) died from Fentanyl Toxicity. Fentanyl is a pain medicine that was reported months before my sister died to be killing people due to doctors misusing it. The FDA warned doctors and hospitals in July of 2005 that it was killing patients. She was given the highest dose of the medication and died 20 hours after a minor surgery. As of March 2008 the drug has been recalled.

    I am asking that families who have experienced medical errors to please contact me and share your stories. We have to fight back because it is only getting worse.

    GOD HELP US!!!

    Dr. Charles Coram

  2. Individual effect of any immune challenge, as with:
    an infant with fever (“shoot, regardless”, ABFP)
    newborn (tiny weight and development),
    many at one time, etc.
    has been neglected “for public good before individual”
    by health departments, governments, universal care, etc.

    Howard Long

  3. 1)Also the large number of deaths in the U.S. from SIDS after children were vaccinated with thimerosal-mercury containing vaccines; many more anecdotal-confirmed reports of death than I’d ever imagined. This is in addition to the autism.

    2)Also, AIDS in the U.S. from hepatitis B vaccines between 1978-1981 given to members of the IV drug abusing and gay populations of New York City. This is thoroughly documented in the Strecker Memorandum, the epidemiology in books like, “Emerging Viruses, AIDS and Ebola; Nature, Accident, or Intentional” by Dr. Len Horowitz, and in the legal case of attorney, Boyd Ed Graves, which was dismissed as “frivolous” by the U.S. Supreme Court, when it certainly was not frivolous, at all. Furthermore, it has been said that various scientists kept records of this and mailed the details off to a variety of places. The Common Cause Medical Research Foundation in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada also said that these records were sent to the Canadian National Archives, and that some ? CIA people “ordered” them “removed” from the archives but were told to remove themselves, instead, and the records remain there, apparently.

  4. I have been questioning and resisting the vaccine mandates for over 25 years. Now with my first grandson’s birth I am revisiting the conflict. I have come across a great read called Vaccine Safety Manual by Neil Miller. Great information is contained in this book published in 2008. Now the question is “how do I find pediatricians in my area who support families opposing the mandates and support families vaccine concerns?”

  5. My son was born in l989 and at age 12 it was mandatory here in Ontario, Canada that he receive the Hepatitis B vaccine. Within months he became very sick, lost weight and was hospitalized and diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. A disease that was once considered rare (Type I Diabetes) – there were 5 other children admitted to hospital that week- all the same age – all after having received the vaccine all with diabetes. We have been managing my son’s diabetes well – however, for the first time while attending college and away from home in Ottawa he had his first seizure due to his sugars being low. Health Canada is denying any correlation between the vaccine and diabetes but I know there have been conclusive studies in Italy, Australia and I think also USA proving otherwise. I need help because I want the government and our health care system here in Canada to stop making this vaccine mandatory causing more and more of our children to develop conditions that definitely outweigh the positive effects of this vaccine. I would like to go public with the information I have here in Canada and expect that our government and health care system should take care of my son for the rest of his life (I have been paying for his insulin since age 12 as a single mother and he is now 20) and I almost lost my son this past weekend while he was away at college. If you can help me in any way with providing me more findings or information that you have or by putting me in touch with an organization that can help that would be great.
    Thank you,
    Elizabeth MacDonald