Tom Jefferson Concealed Glaxo Consultancy from Lawsuit-Killing Paper

In a 2003, Tom Jefferson led a systematic review published in Vaccine mere days before legal aid funding was cut from MMR vaccine litigation in the UK. The review purported to exonerate the vaccine of causing autism and several gastrointestinal disorders. His sole disclosure in the review was that he “acted as an ad hoc consultant for a legal team advising MMR manufacturers” in 1999. He did not disclose what he would reveal in other publications, namely that he “acted as a consultant for…GSK (2001–2002).” GlaxoSmithKline was one of the manufacturers of MMR being sued. Jefferson concealed this from his Vaccine review and in his later Cochrane Review that drew similar conclusions in 2005.

Meanwhile, he was disclosing his GSK consultancy elsewhere including a 2004 article in BMJ  about influenza.

Later on, Jefferson began playing down his ties to GlaxoSmithKline as simply owning “shares” in the company. In his 2006 BMJ article critical of influenza vaccines, he disclosed that “he owned shares in Glaxo SmithKline” for an unspecified time. He made the same disclosure in a 2005 letter to The Lancet that included some of his fellow Cochrane coauthors, published the month before his Cochrane Review.

 

In the 2018 HPV vaccine critique he coauthored with Peter Gøtzsche, Jefferson’s “shares” had since morphed back into a paid consultancy.

The bottom line is that Jefferson was disclosing his ties to GlaxoSmithKline in publications where disclosure was convenient for him to do so. When he made the disclosure, he was critiquing influenza or HPV vaccines. When he didn’t, he was defending the MMR vaccine.

The problem is that these selective disclosures really show that Jefferson is influenced by his industry ties. He is so influenced by them that he will disclose them some places but not others depending on how they affect the perception of his publications.

Just as bad is the impact his earlier non-disclosures had on vaccine-injured children’s litigation. The cutting of legal aid from the UK’s Legal Services Commission effectively doomed their chances of justice. The disclosure of GlaxoSmithKline’s connection was particularly important, in light of the fact that the company thwarted the litigation in more ways than one.

Yet now Tom Jefferson is a “deputy director” of Peter Gøtzsche’s group ironically named the “Institute for Scientific Freedom.” Jefferson should never be trusted on issues of vaccine safety or academic freedom ever again.

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Peter Gøtzsche Silent on His Deputy Funding Medical Censorship Agency

You knew or ought to have known that your reporting in the Lancet paper of a temporal link between the syndrome you described and the MMR vaccination had major public health implications. – UK General Medical Council’s disciplinary findings against two doctors it ordered struck off.

Following his expulsion from Cochrane over his criticism of HPV vaccination, Dr. Peter Gøtzsche has founded his “Institute for Scientific Freedom” with himself as director. It’s just held its inaugural symposium. He lists two deputy directors of the new institute; one of them is Dr. Tom Jefferson who resigned from Cochrane in protest against Gøtzsche’s dismissal. Yet Jefferson continues to pay annual registration fees to the UK General Medical Council, even after it demanded two of his colleagues’ de-licensure for publishing critically about the MMR vaccine in the seminal 1998 autism-vaccine paper. Gøtzsche has not responded to Autism Investigated’s request for comment.

Jefferson may be riding Gøtzsche’s coattails to feign love of “scientific freedom,” but Jefferson has a history of doing anything but. In 2005, he coauthored a Cochrane Review determining that MMR was “unlikely” to cause autism conveniently published the month after the General Medical Council charged the two doctors. He even cited the fraudulent “retraction of an interpretation” by the paper’s 10 coauthors including one of the doctors charged.

Since then, he has refused an award from the National Vaccine Information Center because it also honored the lead author of the 1998 paper who lost his license for not cosigning the fraudulent statement. Jefferson has coauthored a letter with Gøtzsche to the European Ombudsman calling the 1998 research “fraudulent,” and convinced Gøtzsche to back out as keynote speaker of the just-held Physicians for Informed Consent conference with days’ notice. Initially, Gøtzsche had planned on using his keynote to pump the MMR vaccine. So his cancellation is for the best.

In the past months, Gøtzsche and Jefferson have raised over 200,000 Danish kroners (over $40,000 US) in crowdfunding on GoFundMe. They continue to raise money despite GoFundMe’s new policy of forbidding funding for anything critical of vaccines.

The “Institute for Scientific Freedom” is more like the Institute for Scientific Hypocrisy. Spend your money elsewhere.

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Autism Investigated and a Longtime Reader Challenge Peter Hotez


Not since Autism Investigated’s founding has the editor challenged the vaccine people at their own events. But on March 6, vaccine developer Peter Hotez came to University of North Florida to deny he poisoned his daughter Rachel into autism. He transcribed his denial into a book, titled Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism. Compared to past encounters between 2011-2013, both Hotez and the venue that hosted him were surprisingly friendly. The level of nonsense spewed was about the same, however.

Although the event was an “Autism Symposium,” Hotez spent much of his talk discussing infectious diseases. Among those were the neglected tropical diseases that he spent his career researching. He spent relatively little time discussing his daughter, although he was clear that she was very severely afflicted. He repeated the usual mantra of no link to autism, of course, mentioning the fraudulent retraction of the seminal autism-vaccine study. Hotez went even further to deny there is not even an autism epidemic. “It’s really better diagnosis.” The one good thing about his talk was when he plugged and read from Autism Investigated’s meme about him.

Autism Investigated attended the event with Maurine Meleck, a longtime reader, advocate, author and grandmother of two men diagnosed with autism. One of them is recovered, but the other is still disabled and she cares for him. Unexpectedly, she was the first to ask a question. When she brought up the recovery of one of her grandsons and the improvement of the other, Hotez completely denied recovery was even possible for autism. “You don’t recover from autism,” he said.

She continued, “Schools are exploding with children in special education, many of whom have autism. How could you deny there’s an epidemic?”

“I didn’t say there’s no epidemic,” he said.

“You did!”

Hotez doubled down on his denial, stating that by “better diagnosis” he meant better diagnosis of girls with autism. “The key take away from my talk is that whatever causes autism, vaccines are not to blame!”

A few more people asked questions after that. One was a woman who admitted she delayed the MMR vaccine for her child. Hotez didn’t approve, “I wouldn’t do that!”

Another questioner said she felt there was a real autism epidemic. Then the mic finally was passed to Autism Investigated.

Hotez was then asked about the seminal 1998 autism-vaccine study coauthors’ fraudulent retraction of the interpretation. Hotez didn’t even know about the coauthors’ retraction, “I think it was an expression of concern.” He was corrected, having been told how the coauthors’ retraction had nothing to do with the accuracy of the conclusion but was really a statement in favor of vaccines, making it a fraudulent retraction. Hotez mentioned that the lead author Andrew Wakefield lost his medical license. When Autism Investigated informed him that it was because he didn’t cosign the fraudulent retraction, Hotez deferred to talk afterwards.

After the event ended, the editor and Maurine Meleck both introduced themselves. Meleck gave Hotez a copy of her book Rooting Out Bedhead: Autism and Other Brushes with Chaos. Upon the introduction of Autism Investigated’s editor, Hotez nervously laughed, “Oh, so you’re Jake Crosby! You write such mean things about me!”

Giving Autism Investigated his business card, Hotez said, “I have to run to the airport, but would love to talk more!”

He did compliment Autism Investigated’s post on JB Handley, ironically, saying, “You’re one of the nice ones.” Of course, that’s comparing the editor to someone who’s not nice to other vaccine skeptics simply because they don’t think he’s the smartest man in the room.

The event was ultimately one giant paradox. It was an event that was strangely out of sync with other events where the response by other pro-vaccine speakers like Paul Offit were overtly hostile. Yet the event was ultimately the same in its pushing of nonsense to promote toxic vaccinations. Hotez will never stop being in denial of his daughter’s autism, for it would mean that vaccines were involved.

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SENATOR RAND PAUL: Vaccine Mandates A False Sense of Security

God bless Senator Rand Paul and Isaac Lindenberger, Ethan Lindenberger‘s older brother. Whatever you might say about the long, otherwise boring Senate hearing on vaccines, Rand and Isaac stole the show. Rand Paul denounced vaccine mandates as a “false sense of security” and said that vaccines were probably the only medicine without informed consent. The room descended into applause and Isaac Lindenberger, a self-avowed libertarian, stood up to applaud Senator Paul’s remarks before being promptly seated by Capitol Police.

Isaac Lindenberger, older brother of Ethan Lindenberger (seated), gives a standing ovation to Senator Paul.

Even the overall hearing wasn’t as bad as previously anticipated. Ethan Lindenberger’s testimony was completely vapid. Pocahontas kept her mouth shut about polio, that disease that afflicted her now-deceased professor who she wanted to punch in the face.

Meanwhile, Senate Committee Chair Lamar Alexander has already announced he will not run for re-election in 2020. Whoever the new chair will be, there is no doubt it should be Senator Rand Paul. He also has a greater experience than anybody on the committee with being physically attacked for his views. Autism Investigated wished him a speedy recovery so he can defend our liberties on the Senate floor. Thank goodness he’s alright, and hopefully he’ll get to keep all of his $580,000 award for damages. He deserves it.

Now watch this throwback of Senator Paul defending your liberties at the second GOP presidential debate in 2015.

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Autism Investigated Renews Call to Extradite Poul Thorsen to the US

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A study was just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine by some of Danish fugitive Poul Thorsen’s former research fraud co-conspirators. Autism Investigated is re-running this post from 2017 to renew its call to President Trump to extradite Thorsen to the United States and stand trial.

Last year, Autism Investigated’s editor publicly spoke out at the annual AutismOne conference in favor of renewed efforts to push for extradition of vaccine-autism link “debunker” Poul Thorsen. This year, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is leading the push to do just that:

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and World Mercury Project Issue Report Regarding New Evidence of Ongoing Corruption and Scientific Misconduct at CDC

Kennedy hopes new evidence and a fresh look at criminal misconduct will result in law enforcement action, rigorous and transparent vaccine safety science, and safer vaccines.

In a new report released September 18, 2017, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his team outlined various criminal acts on the part of employees and consultants for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whose questionable ethics and scientific fraud have resulted in untrustworthy vaccine safety science.

Among other information, Kennedy has found additional evidence of criminal activity by the CDC consultant, Poul Thorsen, the author and principal coordinator of multiple CDC studies exonerating the mercury-based preservative thimerosal in the development of autism.

The new evidence, recently uncovered World Mercury Project, shows that Thorsen and his collaborators did not obtain permission from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to conduct their research, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002 and Pediatrics in 2003. In 2011, The Department of Justice indicted Thorsen on 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering for stealing over $1 million in CDC grant money earmarked for autism research. The product of Thorsen’s work for CDC was a series of fraud-tainted articles on Danish autism rates that, today, form the backbone of the popular orthodoxy that vaccines don’t cause autism.

In 2009, when CDC discovered that Thorsen never applied for the IRB approvals, staff did not report the errors and retract the studies. Rather, FOIA documents show that CDC supervisors ignored the missteps and covered up the illegal activity.

This misconduct, undermines the legitimacy of these studies, which were used to refute vaccine injury claims in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). The studies were also used in the NVICP’s “Omnibus” to dismiss 5000 petitions by families who claimed that their children had developed autism from vaccines. These claims, if settled in the claimants’ favor, would have resulted in payouts totaling an estimated $10 billion.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chairman, stated, “World Mercury Project calls upon Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to extradite Thorsen back to the U.S. to face prosecution. We also call upon Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price, to retract the Thorsen-affiliated autism research papers that are the fruit of illegally conducted research.”

Originally published at World Mercury Project

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Ethan Lindenberger To Tell The Senate How Mother Put Him in an Oven

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Time to fire your six-figure-salaried PR agents, CDC. Ethan Lindenberger has just found the easily-swayed group your consultants completely missed: teenagers. He’s even going to testify before the Senate on Tuesday.

Ethan Lindenberger is totally not a spiteful teenager. Just ask every mainstream media source. He said so himself, “I’m a very obedient child. I don’t really try to go against my mom. Even though I’m 18, I don’t pull that card.”

He’s a very obedient child! He doesn’t pull that card! He just posts that meme likening his mother’s decision to not get him toxic vaccinations as an infant to her putting him in an oven. No big deal!

Oh, and he called his parents “stupid” in his original Reddit post to internet strangers asking how to get vaccinated. And then there’s the fact that he never even called or emailed the CDC, which was his whole basis for going against his mom in the first place.

It’s too bad the archaic CDC isn’t like Reddit. Dialing your iPhone won’t show the world what an obediant child you are by goading strangers into piling on your public insults of your parents. That oven meme of his mother would never see the light of day either. Do a better job CDC! If there’s one group that hates parents as much as you, it’s teenagers!

Start your own message board for angry teenagers where they can vent their hatred at their parents. What better way to emphasize to these impressionable, Bernie-loving kids that only the government is what really has their best interests at heart?

Meanwhile, Lindenberger will testify to the US Senate how his mother put him in an oven.

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Amazon Prime Crashes and Burns Under Federal Censorship Request

Amazon Prime has pulled documentaries that show vaccines are dangerous, including Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe. The decision comes as House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff wrote yet another letter to a major tech company demanding censorship of vaccine dangers for “scientific” purposes. Already, YouTube has de-monetized anti-vaccine videos after its parent companies CEO helped invest $12 million into a less useless flu shot. Facebook has also said it would censor vaccine information, while Pinterest has scrubbed all vaccine-related content.

No wonder vaccines are so unsafe, you’re not supposed to criticize them! Not on Amazon, not on YouTube, not anywhere! Forget about medical journals, they are so far gone. It’s all hardly surprising given that Amazon’s Washington Post is a worthless propaganda rag being sued for hundreds of millions of dollars for defamation.

Rather than censor documentaries for spreading “misinformation,” Amazon should really ensure the accuracy of its own publications before throwing stones. And rather than censor vaccine safety issues, Amazon Prime should also work on safety issues with its own cargo planes. Sadly, that work will come too late for three of its pilots who were just killed in the recent Prime Air crash.

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Bolstering Google Boss’ Worthless Flu Shot Venture, YouTube De-Monetizes Anti-Vaccine Videos

Larry Page is CEO of Google’s and YouTube’s parent company, Alphabet

Flu shots are worthless garbage, but Bill Gates and Google co-founder Larry Page don’t want you to know that. That’s why YouTube is de-monetizing videos that go against vaccination.

Because they sank their money into it. Now they’re wasting $12 million to make a “better” flu vaccine. It would cover more strains, but they exaggerate the flu’s severity. They also lie about vaccine injury and are using their platforms to cover it up. Thanks for giving more people excuses not to vaccinate!

Tech billionaires want to control what you see at your child’s expense to get greater returns on their investments. Imagine the profit they could turn and the influence they could gain by hyping such a vaccine. It’s no wonder they fear anti-vaccinationists and vaccine skeptics. We are a threat to their bottom line and a proud one at that.

Poisoning children with vaccines and stealing their medical records to make up lies will be Gates’ legacy, and that of likeminded billionaires. Furthermore, it is far worse than his illegal monopoly. Welcome to the corrupt club of crooked tech billionaires, Larry Page. You are right at home with them.

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Vaccine Advocates Deliberately Spread Disease to Pump Toxic Vaccines

Vaccine advocates are responsible for spreading measles to the West. The month before the World Health Organization listed “Vaccine Hesitancy” as one of its top 10 global health threats, the UN passed the Global Compact for Migration. The United States was one of just five countries to vote against the resolution because of its encouragement of illegal immigration across the western hemisphere. It even sought to criminalize anti-migration speech. Illegal immigration has driven measles incidence to record levels in Europe, from where measles spread to the US both in 2015 and this year. The US-Mexico border has also seen the spread of viruses, with seven mumps cases confirmed in an ICE detention center and a Guatemalan child dying of flu in US custody.

Vaccine officials have shown that they will even get rid of some vaccines in order to enable the spread of measles. So it is clear that their assistance to migrants is done so deliberately despite the diseases and social problems they will bring to western countries. The International Red Cross’ European branch blocked Autism Investigated on Twitter after its hypocrisy over pushing vaccines while assisting with illegal immigration into Europe was called out publicly. Not only should America defund NGOs like the Red Cross, but we should also withdraw from the World Health Organization. It is time to put America first.

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SharylAttkisson.com: Jake Crosby on Original Autism-Vaccine Cover-Up

Originally posted on SharylAttkisson.com

Note: Views in this and any other opinion piece that appear on this site do not necessarily reflect the opinion of www.sharylattkisson.com and are solely those of the author.

By Jake Crosby, MPH

U.S. public health officials like National Institutes of Health doctor Anthony Fauci deny the vaccine-autism link by repeating disinformation about a seminal autism-vaccine study. That study, published in The Lancet in 1998, examined 12 children treated at London’s Royal Free Hospital Medical School. Most developed adverse symptoms shortly after their routine measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccinations.

The study marked the beginning of the first major research undertaking of the autism-vaccine link at an academic institution. Because parents were startled by the findings, and—in my opinion— because there were huge financial implications in terms of possible lawsuits against vaccine makers, the study and its lead author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, were targeted in a giant campaign to discredit them. Those pursuing this smear campaign, not surprisingly, have ties to vaccine maker GlaxoSmithKline.

One of those people was the Head of Medicine at Royal Free Hospital from 1999-2011, Dr. Mark Pepys. He wanted to stop Dr. Wakefield’s work but the witch hunt would look too obvious if the accusations came directly from the medical school that forced him out two years prior. So Dr. Pepys would need a journalist who could take credit for those accusations while insulating the medical school from scrutiny by being the journalist’s protected “source.”

To begin the smear, medical records of children in the study were leaked to a Sunday Times journalist named Brian Deer. He received children’s names, family backgrounds and hospital admissions dates. Deer would later boast about having this information in the BMJ. In 2004, he posted a child’s medical note and a table of children’s names and the dates they were admitted to the Royal Free on his website. This was a serious violation of medical privacy rules, laws and practices. According to study co-author Simon Murch, “the Data Protection Act must have been broken.”

Dr. Pepys had strong ties to GlaxoSmithKline even before the merger that created the company, enjoying substantial support from precursor Glaxo Wellcome. Before he accepted the position of Head of Medicine of the Royal Free in 1999, he demanded Dr. Wakefield’s dismissal. Dr. Pepys ultimately took credit for ousting Dr. Wakefield at Royal Free Hospital in 2001, effectively dismantling the first autism-vaccine research unit in an academic institution.

After the 1998 study’s publication, Dr. Wakefield’s co-author Dr. Simon Murch was promoted to Director of the Centre for Paediatric Gastroenterology at Royal Free Hospital. Then, in September 2003, Dr. Murch submitted a letter to The Lancet repudiating the notion of any possible link between autism and vaccines. His submission came just two months after Crispin Davis, CEO of Lancet publisher Reed Elsevier, joined the board of directors at GlaxoSmithKline.

With Dr. Murch’s repudiation, the United Kingdom (UK) government’s Legal Aid Board cut off financial aid to help victims in lawsuits against MMR manufacturers, including GlaxoSmithKline. The GlaxoSmithKline alliance with Pepys-headed Royal Free Hospital and the Davis-published Lancet continued as Deer continued to advance the smear. In his reports, Deer claimed Dr. Wakefield’s study was unethical and that he concealed its funding source. The latter claim was “found proved” by a disciplinary tribunal but ultimately overturned.

Deer also took an unusual step for a journalist: he filed a professional disciplinary complaint against Dr. Wakefield and two of his co-authors including Simon Murch.

A week after the complaint, 10 of the 13 Dr. Wakefield’s co-authors, led by Dr. Murch, issued a fraudulent retraction of the interpretation of the 1998 study. It was a statement of regret over raising an autism-vaccine link possibility that was falsely portrayed as a scientific retraction.

After the fraudulent retraction, vaccine interests falsely misrepresented it as if it was a scientific repudiation of any link between vaccines and autism. That retraction became a basis for rejection of thousands of vaccine autism injury claims in U.S. vaccine court.

Then, the smear machine prompted a medical fitness-to-practice tribunal of Dr. Wakefield. Dr. Wakefield’s medical license was revoked in 2010. The chair of that tribunal, Dr. Surendra Kumar, was a GlaxoSmithKline shareholder. After that decision in 2010, “The Lancet” fully retracted Dr. Wakefield’s study.

Ultimately, in 2012, a High Court overturned the reasons of unethical research and misrepresented participant enrollment that remains stated in The Lancet retraction. Unsurprisingly, “The Lancet” has not reversed its retraction.

So today, health officials across the pond here in the U.S., including Dr. Fauci and his superior, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, continue to cite the false retraction as if it scientifically proves vaccines do not cause autism. They ignore the factual details on the excuse of “The Lancet” journal’s undeserved reputation.

Jake Crosby has a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from George Washington University and is editor of AutismInvestigated.com.

Editor’s Note: Crosby received no response for comment from the relevant authors mentioned in his op-ed.

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