Editor's Note: This article from The Wall Street Journal, "Vaccine Makers Enjoy Immunity," is a good primer on the Vaccine Court, which has turned into such a roadblock to vaccine safety and to justice for families affected by vaccine-induced autism. Here is a quote that is the heart of the problem:
"Vaccines are products that are completely different from any others. We need to encourage companies to develop vaccines in order to protect the public health," said Rep. Henry Waxman. No, vaccines are NOT completely different -- they are pharmaceutical products approved by the FDA and they need to be safe as well as effective. When people start talking about something being "completely different," it reminds us of the notion that "9/11 changed everything" and similar claims. That kind of talk is cover for the worst excesses -- for the ends justifying the means -- and we see the consequences every day now. -- Dan Olmsted.
By AVERY JOHNSON
One of the little-noticed reasons that Wyeth was attractive enough to command a $68 billion price for rival Pfizer Inc.'s planned takeover sits in a building catty-corner from the White House across Pennsylvania Avenue. That is where a special "vaccines court" hears cases brought by parents who claim their children have been harmed by routine vaccinations.
The court -- and the law that established it more than two decades ago -- buffers Wyeth and other makers of childhood-disease vaccines from much of the litigation risk that dogs traditional pill manufacturers and is an important reason why the vaccine business has been transformed from a risky, low-profit venture in the 1970s to one of the pharmaceutical industry's most attractive product lines today.
(Read the full article in the Wall Street Journal HERE. Of course, the WSJ requires a paid subscription. The excerpt above gives you the jist of the article. Vaccines are not subject to product liability lawsuits like "drugs" because they have been placed in a parallel, protected universe where every shot is safe for every human on the planet. More on that big, fat lie later tonight and tomorrow. Stay tuned. Kim)