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How Paul Offit Profited Off The Backs of Kids Injured by GSK’s MMR Vaccine

“Get the fuck out of here! Piece of shit!”

That is what vaccine inventor Paul Offit yelled at Autism Investigated’s editor after being told that protection from personal injury litigation was making money off the backs of vaccine-injured kids. It turns out he was doing exactly that for his entire career, starting with his rotavirus vaccine’s development. At the time, the Wistar Institute he was working for was profiting from dangerous, since-withdrawn and secretly indemnified measles-mumps-rubella vaccines sold in the UK.

The co-inventor of Offit’s vaccine Stanley Plotkin is the inventor of the rubella component of all measles-mumps-rubella vaccines. Co-assignee of Offit’s vaccine patent Wistar Institute was the patent assignee of all rubella components of measles-mumps-rubella vaccines. That includes the now-withdrawn Pluserix vaccine introduced to the United Kingdom by Smith, Kline and French Laboratories, which previously funded Plotkin’s rubella vaccine development. During Pluserix’s introduction, Smith, Kline and French was an English subsidiary of Philadelphia-based SmithKline Beckman. Offit, Plotkin and Wistar were all based in Philadelphia as well.

Despite being already withdrawn in Canada for causing meningitis, Smith, Kline and French’s Pluserix vaccine was approved by the United Kingdom in 1988. In the supply agreement, the UK’s National Health Service secretly indemnified Smith, Kline and French Laboratories from liability. That made the British government liable for resulting vaccine injuries.

Subsequently, MMR vaccine injury litigation was shut down in the United Kingdom when federal funding was suddenly denied to lawsuits. Autism-vaccine research was shut down as well, the chief scientist fired and de-licensed. To this day, papers continue to be retracted including one by a long-deceased scientist. Medical records of children in the seminal 1998 vaccine-autism paper were stolen and expropriated by GlaxoSmithKline’s opposition researchers.

Paul Offit’s vaccine was developed with the dirty indemnity money that led to all of that. No wonder he still partners with GlaxoSmithKline to promote vaccines and dishonestly deny vaccine injury.

MEDICAL RECORD THIEF MARK PEPYS CAUSES DR. BERNARD RIMLAND PAPER RETRACTION

Not even the dead are safe from sham retractions by Glaxo’s medical record thief Mark Pepys. Just before Autism Investigated reported on yet another retraction caused by Pepys, he caused the retraction of a paper by the late Dr. Bernard Rimland of all people. The paper was retracted explicitly because it linked vaccines to autism, cited the Wakefield paper that Pepys stole medical records of children in, came up at the top of Google and was cited by vaccine opponents including Autism Investigated’s editor.

The retraction was authored both by the editor of the journal Laboratory Medicine and by the senior author of Google opposition research for the vaccine industry. They wrote:

A single article that suggests a risk of autism associated with vaccination might not be expected to cause great harm; however, a recent study5 reported that the 2002 Rimland and McGinnis paper is frequently accessed and cited to support the position of those who oppose vaccination on the mistaken belief that it is a risk factor for autism. One of us (P.G. [Pietro Ghezzi]) was the senior author of that study.

Therefore, following the course taken by The Lancet, Lab Medicine has decided to withdraw the 2002 article by Rimland and McGinnis.

One of the reviewers of that “research” by Pietro Ghezzi was GSK Vaccines-backed epidemiologist Pier Lopalco. And who do you think is also a top cited researcher in Ghezzi’s work? You guessed it: Mark Pepys! The retraction was done weeks after Autism Investigated confirmed his role in the Wakefield coauthors’ retraction and confirmed from one of them that it was done just to distance themselves from the autism-vaccine link.

It was Dr. Rimland who was the reason parents are no longer blamed for their children’s autism and who was also one of the first scientists to pinpoint vaccines. Laboratory Medicine doesn’t deserve a paper by him. Instead, the journal will go into the ash heap of history with parent-blamer Bruno Bettelheim and Glaxo’s Sir Medical Record-Leaksalot Mark Pepys.

Yehuda Shoenfeld’s Vaccine-Autoimmunity Paper Retracted by GlaxoSmithKline’s Mark Pepys

Israeli autoimmunity expert Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, ISRAEL21c

*Photo and headline updated.

Sir Mark Pepys did not just cause the 1998 autism-vaccine Wakefield paper’s interpretation retraction, ultimately leading to its full retraction. Pepys also caused the 2017 retraction of an autoimmunity study used in vaccine court for personal injury compensation.

Corresponding study author Yehuda Shoenfeld said of the retraction at the time:

Indeed it is [very] strange;  after one year of being in the journal and after extensive peer reviews of the paper suddenly we received a letter from the editors that SOMEBODY criticized the paper extensively??, it looks very strange and unprecedented. yet indeed at this time we have used this paper in Court for vaccine compensation to show that autoantibodies penetrate cells. Is it coincidental ????????

The retraction statement admitted it was done in part by the British Society of Rheumatology. The society’s founding president George Nuki approved the dangerous MMR vaccine in the UK and his son Paul Nuki was editor of GlaxoSmithKline opposition researcher Brian Deer. Deer had obtained medical records of children in the Wakefield paper that were stolen by Royal Free Hospital’s then-Head of Medicine Mark Pepys. That happened two years after he forced Dr. Andrew Wakefield out of the Royal Free.

Pepys is fully aware of Shoenfeld’s research. The two gave back-to-back talks at a Rheumatology meeting in London the year before he submitted his now-retracted paper. Just last year, both were speakers at the 2017 American College of Rheumatology meeting. Clearly Pepys – and by-extension GlaxoSmithKline – aren’t stopping with Wakefield.

In May, research from Japan on HPV vaccination’s adverse effects was also retracted. The first citation in that study about those adverse effects was one of Shoenfeld’s autoimmunity papers.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield Turncoat Author DENIES Retraction Was of Autism-Vaccine Link Possibility

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“the possibility of such a link was raised and consequent events have had major implications for public health…we should together formally retract the interpretation placed upon these findings” – 10 of the 13 coauthors of Andrew Wakefield’s paper.

“That’s [autism-vaccine possibility retraction] not what we said. We retracted the interpretation that was all. We retracted the interpretation that was all.” –One of those turncoat authors to Autism Investigated

Autism Investigated has spoken with one of the turncoat authors of Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s landmark 1998 paper. That author denied retracting the autism-vaccine link possibility to Autism Investigated, repeatedly insisting just the “interpretation” was retracted.

“I don’t want to carry on with this conversation,” the author said and then hung up on Autism Investigated.

So what was retracted then if not the possibility but the interpretation? Apparently, the possibility wasn’t retracted just the fact that the possibility was raised from seriously ill children who developed their first symptoms after vaccination.

What a disgusting individual GlaxoSmithKline’s “superstar” Sir Mark Pepys is for engineering this fraudulent retraction. What a disgusting company GlaxoSmithKline is for continuing to fund him. They have such control over the United Kingdom but they won’t have that same control over the United States.

ROYAL FREE SOURCE Implicates Mark Pepys in Dr. Andrew Wakefield Coauthors’ Retraction

Mark Pepys

Photo Credit: University College London, of which Royal Free is an affiliate

Autism Investigated spoke to an inside source of the Royal Free Hospital from when coauthors of Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 paper retracted its interpretation of a possible vaccine-autism link. That source has confirmed the hospital’s role in sanctioning the retraction and also implicated then-Head of Medicine Mark Pepys. Pepys forced Wakefield out of the Royal Free two years before the retraction.

When Autism Investigated asked if Pepys was personally involved, the source responded:

“It’s been so many years I can’t say for sure categorically, but I would expect so.”

The source also indicated Pepys was one of “two or three” Royal Free officials who supported the retraction. Prior to the retraction, the hospital released a statement signed by the Royal Free and University College Medical School’s Vice Chancellor lying that Andrew Wakefield concealed his work in vaccine injury litigation from the hospital.

Throughout Pepys’ time at the hospital, he enjoyed considerable support from GlaxoSmithKline and its precursor GlaxoWellcome. He would win the GlaxoSmithKline Prize in 2007 as well as a knighthood from the Queen in 2012 alongside the corporation’s CEO.

Mark Pepys has praised the use of medical records stolen from the Royal Free Hospital for GlaxoSmithKline-sponsored vaccine propaganda. Instead of investigating the theft, he “investigated” his own hospital’s doctors for doing their jobs. That’s because he leaked them just as he forced the Wakefield coauthors’ retraction.

GlaxoSmithKline’s longtime involvement in vaccine misconduct didn’t begin or end with Pepys. Dr. Wakefield has himself stated that he believes he was targeted because GlaxoSmithKline was indemnified from vaccine injury liability over its since-withdrawn measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.

The company also hired an epidemiologist while he was manipulating safety studies of the vaccine preservative thimerosal for CDC. A GlaxoSmithKline adviser was involved in an as-yet-failed attempt at making another CDC scientist recant his statements acknowledging evidence of a vaccine-autism link.

Just last week, a doctor who co-founded Britain’s Cochrane Collaboration was ejected from the organization he helped establish. His dismissal followed his criticism of Cochrane’s favorable review of HPV vaccination: another GSK market. GlaxoSmithKline’s name comes up an awful lot in vaccine issues, more so than any other pharmaceutical company it seems.

However, there have been no greater targets of attack by GlaxoSmithKline than Dr. Andrew Wakefield and the children in his paper whose medical records it stole. There is also no worse GlaxoSmithKline shill than Sir Mark Pepys.

Non-Profit Co-Founder Ousted By Vaccination Ideology He Supported

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Founder of non-profit Cochrane Collaboration Dr. Peter Gøtzsche, John McDougall YouTube

“We acknowledge the concerns that groups ideologically opposed to vaccination may exploit scientific uncertainties or propagate fraudulent research, e.g. Andrew Wakefield and co-workers’ unfounded claim that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine can cause autism. However, this does not mean that we should not openly discuss and investigate possible harms of vaccines in a misguided attempt to protect their reputation.” – Gøtzsche et al. to the European Ombudsman, November 2, 2017

What Peter Gøtzsche claimed to denounce in the second sentence is exactly what happened to Dr. Andrew Wakefield and what has just happened to Gøtzsche himself. A co-founder of the non-profit Cochrane Collaboration and director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre has been evicted from the board of the organization he helped establish after publishing critically on the HPV vaccine. Sound familiar?

Wakefield’s GlaxoSmithKline-funded ex-boss Mark Pepys admitted, “We paid him to leave.” Then Pepys forced Wakefield’s coauthors into a retractionsabotaged vaccine injury litigation in the United Kingdom and leaked medical records to a freelance opposition researcher.

Yet the victim, according to Gøtzsche as recently as last May, is the opposition researcher who illegally obtained disabled children’s medical records (translated from Danish):

“He (Wakefield) is a fraud. And it is quite unreasonable that people are shooting at Brian Deer who revealed it. He has made a sober contribution, and BMJ’s chief editor also calls Wakefield’s study a fraud. It takes a lot for an editor-in-chief to say such things. I have nothing more to say.”

It takes a lot of Merck and Glaxo money to say such things. That’s the same editor who ironically cites Wakefield not joining his coauthors in the fraudulent, Pepys-forced retraction as evidence of fraud. But Gøtzsche probably thought he could insulate himself from attack by throwing Wakefield under the bus. Sorry doc, doesn’t work like that.

Either you can criticize any vaccination or none at all. Either all doctors are safe from pharmaceutical industry retaliation or none are. Obviously, no one is safe. Wakefield was the rule, not the exception. Criticizing vaccinations brings you into “disrepute” no matter who you are.

Too bad Peter Gøtzsche didn’t get the memo before he was ousted from his own non-profit organization. GlaxoSmithKline wants to profit off all its drugs and vaccines. The doctor is no economist. He’s also no crusader against the pharmaceutical industry, just an opportunistic hypocrite.

PLANNED OBITUARY for Senior Turncoat John Walker-Smith

John Walker-Smith, Telegraph

Autism Investigated is scooping its planned obituary for senior turncoat author John Walker-Smith when he dies. He turns 82 this year.

Gastroenterologist and senior Wakefield turncoat author John Walker-Smith has just died. Before retiring in 2000, he was a colleague of Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s at the Royal Free Hospital where they published a number of papers on autism and bowel disease. One of those was their seminal 1998 paper that first described a connection between autism, bowel disease and vaccination. Walker-Smith would later infamously retract the possibility of a vaccine link with nine other coauthors in 2004.

Despite his betrayal of vaccine-injured children in doing so, many of their parents continued to support him. When he was practicing medicine, he had treated and helped many children with autism whose gastrointestinal symptoms were dismissed by other doctors. Had his medical contributions ended there, he would be rightly seen as a hero. But that was not to happen, as he would betray the very children he helped.

The year after Walker-Smith retired from medicine, Dr. Andrew Wakefield was run out of the Royal Free Hospital for their research. Following his dismissal, the hospital’s GlaxoSmithKline-backed Head of Medicine Mark Pepys launched an aggressive campaign to discredit the work Walker-Smith and Wakefield conducted and obstruct vaccine injury litigation. Wakefield never wavered, but Walker-Smith eventually did.

Pepys started his attacks first by intimidating the 1998 paper’s coauthors still employed at Royal Free. Then through leaking medical records to a freelance opposition researcher, Pepys targeted Wakefield and Walker-Smith directly. Within weeks of allegations of unethical research publicized against them both, Walker-Smith signed his name to the infamous retraction.

Although he would successfully appeal the allegations and strike them down in court, he kept his name on the retraction. Not once did he demand the journal reinstate the 1998 paper nor demand his medical board reinstate Dr. Wakefield’s license.

Yet Walker-Smith still enjoys considerable support in the autism community which he does not deserve. No one has done more to make censorship of vaccine injury more publicly acceptable than John Walker-Smith. His betrayal of vaccine-injured children will be his everlasting legacy.

Mark Pepys Made Wakefield Coauthors Sabotage Vaccine Litigation

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“But people were taking that as further evidence of a link with MMR that we never claimed and unwittingly we were adding fuel to the fire.” – Wakefield turncoat author Simon MurchThe ObserverNovember 2, 2003

Pharma superstar Mark Pepys made 10 coauthors retract the interpretation of Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 autism-vaccine paper. But even before that, Pepys made two of them withdraw authorship from another Wakefield paper. One essentially admitted doing so to sabotage the litigation against vaccination.

Simon Murch and Michael Thomson withdrew their names from a November 2003 paper also coauthored by Wakefield. The withdrawal happened after the paper was accepted for publication in May and both approved the version as it would be published. Remarkably, Murch cited not wanting to build a case against vaccination to justify his withdrawal:

“I have withdrawn because the data was being justified in a way I couldn’t agree with. All the work I have done shows evidence of subtle inflammation of the intestine in many but not all autistic children. But people were taking that as further evidence of a link with MMR that we never claimed and unwittingly we were adding fuel to the fire.”

As Andrew Wakefield made clear, Simon Murch could not have withdrawn for scientific reasons:

“He cannot make that claim because he signed up to have it published. We were not going to publicise this but after what Simon Murch said we did. He is distancing himself because of the hierarchy where he works.”

Not “adding fuel to the fire” as Murch put it could have only meant not fueling the fires of litigation that should have burned GlaxoSmithKline. Both Thomson and Murch were also coauthors of a 2002 study that showed measles virus in guts of children with autism and bowel disease. Such a study was pivotal for planned litigation against the vaccine industry. Their later withdrawal from the 2003 paper coincided with the termination of legal aid for vaccine injury litigation in the United Kingdom.

At the time, Murch and Thomson were still employed at the Royal Free Hospital under pharma “superstar” Mark Pepys. If they didn’t pull their names, they would not have remained employed under him as Wakefield wasn’t.

Mark Pepys Made Medical School and Journal Lie Wakefield was Conflicted

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Sir Mark Pepys, Head of Medicine at Royal Free Hospital (1999-2011) giving the 2016 Commencement Address at Cedars-Sinai

“Had the advice of the Institutions been sought at the time concerning conflict of interest, they would undoubtedly have advised that any potential conflict should be declared, so that others could judge whether such conflicts were real.” – Royal Free University and College Medical School Statement in The Lancet

“Funds received from the Legal Aid Board were paid into, and properly administered through, a research account with the special trustees of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust.” – Dr. Andrew Wakefield proving Royal Free lied above

Sir Mark Pepys needed a fake scandal to make his employees’ fraudulent retraction of the Wakefield paper’s interpretation seem legit. So he made the hospital release a bogus statement that lead author and ex-employee Dr. Andrew Wakefield had an undisclosed conflict of interest. Pepys also leaked medical records of children in Dr. Wakefield’s paper to a freelance writer who could claim credit for the allegation.

The Royal Free’s statement and the hospital employees’ imminent retraction pressured The Lancet editor to sign onto the lie that Dr. Wakefield had a secret conflict of interest. But the lie that the hospital didn’t know about the “conflict” would unravel the day the allegation was made. The lie the journal didn’t know would unravel that week.

Wakefield and two brave coauthors responded that he disclosed his litigation involvement in the journal six years earlier. Horton rejected the disclosure with a completely contradictory excuse:

We do not accept Andrew Wakefield and colleagues’ interpretation of the letter

Yet Horton then acknowledged (boldface mine):

[Wakefield’s] letter was written in response to a letter from Dr A Rousepublished in the same issue. Dr Rouse’s letter raised concerns about whether children investigated in the 1998 paper had been referred to the authors by the Society for the Autistically Handicapped, and simply mentioned that his concerns arose out of a fact sheet produced by a firm of solicitors

Right after Dr. Wakefield was acknowledged by the editor as discussing the period before publication, he completely contradicted himself (boldface mine):

Although the letter made it clear that Dr Wakefield “has agreed to help evaluate” some children for the Legal Aid Board, it does not indicate that in fact such work had been commissioned and was being undertaken well before the 1998 paper was published.

Wakefield disclosing the work was done in a discussion about the time period before publication does not indicate the work was done before publication? Is “has agreed” not past tense? Horton makes no sense, because he lied. Liars make no sense.

Unfortunately, it didn’t matter by then because the Wakefield turncoat coauthors already announced their fraudulent retraction. Never mind that the Lancet editor’s story completely fell apart, as did the Royal Free Hospital’s. Never mind that the interpretation’s own retraction also made no mention of Wakefield’s litigation involvement which was already known to its senior authors. Instead, they cited lead turncoat author’s prior defense of vaccines that began months in advance. That’s because the retraction was, as Wakefield predicted, planned months in advance.

Correction: This post previously said that the lie The Lancet didn’t know about Wakefield’s litigation ties would unravel in “the ensuing months.” It actually unraveled the week of the lie. The wording has been changed and the new words hyperlink to the British newspaper article, MMR scientist did not hide link with legal case, letter reveals.

READ Peter Harvey’s Defense of Wakefield Paper Against Simon Murch

Left: Coauthor Dr. Peter Harvey, Right: Turncoat Coauthor Simon Murch

I too write as a co-author of the Lancet paper of 1998 referred to by Simon Murch in his letter.1Statements in this letter cannot be allowed to pass without comment. There is a growing body of scientific evidence to show a relation between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, enterocolitis, ileocolonic lymphoid nodular hyperplasia, and autism.
The histologically unique condition ileocolonic lymphoid nodular hyper-plasia, which is not a normal variant,2,3 is associated with a diffuse entero-colitis. There are significant immunological and inflammatory abnormalities specific to this condition.4–12
There is evidence that affected children absorb undigested peptides with opioid properties,13and that the most powerful of these opioids are derived from casein and gluten. Exclusion of casein and gluten from the diet has proven beneficial effects on autistic children’s behaviour.14
Evidence of persistent measles virus infection in the gut has been identified.15,16 The virus identified in most of these children was shown to be consistent with the measles virus RNA from the MMR vaccine.17 These children also have measles virus RNA in the blood, which is also consistent with that of the MMR strain.16 Measles virus RNA has also been detected in the spinal fluid of 19 of 28 children with regressive autism and bowel disease and in one of 37 control samples (unpublished data).
Much is made of the epidemiological studies that have failed to show an association between MMR and autism. However, these studies are open to serious criticism.18,19
Murch was a co-author on 11 of the 17 peer-reviewed publications and presentations that I cite. These present a step-by-step cascade of evidence starting with the recognition of the clinical condition, followed by the pathology of the gut disease, the immunological and inflammatory abnormalities, the identification of measles RNA in the gut, blood, and cerebrospinal fluid, and subsequent identification of this RNA as being consistent with MMR virus.
I am an adult neurologist, not a paediatrician, not a gastroenterologist, and not an immunologist. Even so, taking a dispassionate and wide view of the published and unpublished information, I think there is increasingly compelling evidence for a causative link between the MMR vaccine, a unique gastrointestinal disease, and regressive autism.
I examined the original cohort of children, and they had no physical neurological abnormalities. I have recently seen one of them again. His behaviour is much worse, at times being uncontrollable. He has developed epilepsy and bilateral extensor plantar responses.
The problem now is to identify the numbers of children involved, and the susceptibility factors. In the meantime, consideration should be given to offering children single-injection measles vaccinations.
I am a trustee of the charity Visceral, which supports research into inflammatory bowel disease and autism

Originally published in The Lancet,
2004