Government Hearings

Conflicts of Interest in Vaccine Policy Making Majority Staff Report Committee on Government Reform U.S. House of Representatives June 15, 2000

In August 1999, the Committee on Government Reform initiated an investigation into Federal vaccine policy. Over the last six months, this investigation has focused on possible conflicts of interest on the part of Federal policy-makers. Committee staff has conducted an extensive review of financial disclosure forms and related documents, and interviewed key officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Truth Revealed: New Scientific Discoveries Regarding Mercury in Medicine and Autism

In July 2000 when SafeMinds presented to the Government Reform Committee the paper, Autism a Novel Form of Mercury Poisoning, publishing the evidence pointing to the synonymous nature of the symptoms of mercury poisoning and autism spectrum disorders, we could not have imagined that in 2004 thimerosal would still be in vaccines and that the government agencies tasked with protecting the public would have failed to take aggressive action to get the mercury out and protect our nation’s children. We could not have imagined that they would, instead, have focused their energies on avoiding or hiding the truth that is before them, and in doing so undercut the public’s trust while continuing to put babies at risk for mercury injury.

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Conflicts of Interest in Vaccine Development June 15, 2000

Today we’re going to continue our series of hearings on vaccine policy. For the last few months, we’ve been focusing on two important advisory committees. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rely on these advisory committees to help them make vaccine policies that affect every child in America. We’ve looked very carefully at conflicts of interest. We’ve taken a good, hard look at whether the pharmaceutical industry has too much influence over these committees.

From the evidence we’ve found, we believe that they do. The first committee is the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. This committee makes recommendations on whether new vaccines should be licensed.

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Congressional Report – Mercury in Medicine

Vaccines are the only medicines that American citizens are mandated to receive as a condition for school and day care attendance, and in some instances, employment. Additionally, families who receive federal assistance are also required to show proof that their children have been fully immunized. While the mandate for which vaccines must be administered is a state mandate, it is the Federal Government, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices that make the Universal Immunization Recommendations to which the majority of states defer when determining mandates.

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