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Is Big Pharma President Obama's Halliburton?

Raking in the money By Kim Stagliano

I am simply disgusted. Yesterday, Katie Wright told us yet again about outlandish behavior of members of the the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee including Dr. Story Landis, Dr. Yvette Janvier, Dr. Matt State and Dr. Tom Insel. Aw heck, just click HERE to read all of Katie's posts. She's covered the IACC magnificently.

Earlier this month, we learned the autism numbers have risen yet again (HERE.)  Autism now affects a staggering 1 in 91 children. 1 in 57 boys! A study pointed to the birth dose of Hepatitis B vaccine causing damage in infant primates, (HERE.) And that boys may have had a tripled rate of autism following Hepatitis B vaccination (HERE.) In short, vaccines were called into question again, even as the autism rates were continuing to climb. This puts the vaccine safety portion of the autism community squarely at odds with commerce. And that's a problem.

Last Spring, there was a webinar (click HERE) titled: "Vaccines: Is the Boom Sustainable in the Obama Era?" The title is self-explanatory.  Despite the constant cry that vaccines are about altruistic public health and protecting the herd and doctors who selflessly administer medicine as if they are giving alms to the poor, vaccines make money. And now, ABC News has given us the answer about the "boom." (See below.)

The Obama adminstration's vaccine campaign choreography for the H1N1 flu has been nothing short of breathtaking. As in "I'm choking on it." Imagine if they could convince us all to buy American made cars with the same technique: 

Pinto "Buy the new Gee-Um Dolt!

We need cars, America! There's a car scamdemic approaching fast and we can't get caught off guard. Save Gee-Um now!  In order to get this car to market quickly, we've included an "older engine", even though we know that this engine was rumored to have had potential incendiary issues while driving. But it's cheaper and faster to build the Dolt with the Squinto engine. We didn't have much time to test the Dolt. However, six prototypes went four times around the 1 mile track and the smoke we saw wafting to the sky at the end of the trial wasn't directly coming from the engine, but was about half a mile behind the car, so we can't really say if the smoke came from the engine. The Dolt is safe! We are encouraging all Americans to drive a Dolt - again, to save Gee-Um motors. It's your civic duty! New York and New Jersey will not allow any car other than the Dolt to drive their toll roads or bridges."

I can't help but compare the H1N1 virus and the Obama adminstration to the Bush administration's "weapons of mass destruction" for which we went to war in Iraq. (Of course, H1N1 is real and should be taken seriously, just as we take seasonal flu seriously. No one wants to see Americans take ill and die.) Is Big Pharma President Obama's Halliburton?

Here's the article from ABC.

Drugmakers, Doctors Rake in Billions Battling H1N1 Flu.
Swine Flu Is Bad for Victims, But Good for Businesses That Cater to Expanding Market.
Published on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by ABC News by Dalia Fahmy

Americans are still debating whether to roll up their sleeves for a swine flu shot, but companies have already figured it out: vaccines are good for business.

[(ABC News)]
Drug companies have sold $1.5 billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to the $1 billion for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year. These inoculations are part of a much wider and rapidly growing $20 billion global vaccine market.

"The vaccine market is booming," says Bruce Carlson, spokesperson at market research firm Kalorama, which publishes an annual survey of the vaccine industry. "It's an enormous growth area for pharmaceuticals at a time when other areas are not doing so well," he says, noting that the pipeline for more traditional blockbuster drugs such as Lipitor and Nexium has thinned.

As always with pandemic flus, taxpayers are footing the $1.5 billion check for the 250 million swine flu vaccines that the government has ordered so far and will be distributing free to doctors, pharmacies and schools. In addition, Congress has set aside more than $10 billion this year to research flu viruses, monitor H1N1's progress and educate the public about prevention.

Drug makers pocket most of the revenues from flu sales, with Sanofi-Pasteur, Glaxo Smith Kline and Novartis cornering most of the market. But it's not just drug makers who stand to benefit. Doctors collect copays for injecting shots and use them to cover office expenses and insurance. Pharmacies also charge co-pays or full price of about $25 to those without insurance and often make more money if patients end up shopping for other goods..." Read the full article (HERE)

Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.

Comments

Maurine Meleck

America is still run by the big corporations, no matter who is president.
Big disappointment in that we expected so much from Obama.

Gatogorra

Thank you, Kim. I was laughing my head off over the "Gee Um" analogy(Gee um, er, em, cough), but it's all pretty sad in the end, isn't it? Some of us had hoped we be getting something different this presidency but it's looking like what we got was either a hypochondriac or an empty suit in regards to this community's concerns. I hope that impression changes but I don't see how it can. One Desiree Jennings is too many. It's all just Blackwater under the bridge (oh, he didn't boot them out either-- they're now "Xe").

Lynn

"The salt in the wound is that we already paid for this via our taxes."

The salt in the wound is that we already paid for this with our children, and more people are going to pay now.

Therese Holliday

I learned this morning that vaccinations count for 60% of a doctor's (pediatrician's?) income. No wonder there are drive-up clinics - it makes a fast buck and the advertising is free via public service announcements as health warnings. Bastards.

we shall overcome

Couldn't agree more, Kim. Big Pharma AND the Too-Big-to-fail-Banks are Obama's Halliburton. Look at their contributions to his campaign and the results those contributions are generating in return. This is the tally for the financial firms:

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2009/10/total-campaign-contributions/

The return on investment from Big Pharma will come in the future from Obama's rejection of Medicare negotiating Rx prices (agreed during a closed-doors meeting with Pharma at the White House ala Chenney) and the tax payer paid campaign for liability-free almost mandatory swine flu shots. Change my A$$, it's completely disgusting.

But people ARE waking up. See the comments to today's "vaccine ad" published in the NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/16/health/16vaccine.html?hp

Skeptics are growing and the full blown swine flu shot campaign is becoming a shot in Pharma's foot.

Angela

I'm impressed that ABC ran that article.

Kathy Blanco

From a Blog

Remember the income tax? That was originally a temporary idea to raise revenue during wartime. But once government gets its hands on a source of revenue, or a power, it finds a way to keep it permanently (see: the 16th Amendment). Your paycheck can tell you how well that “temporary” tax is working out.

Remember also that, as we blogged earlier, it was a government panel of Obama appointees who started this panic in the first place. It is our sincere wish that the citizens of this country will not succumb to the government-created, media-led panic that can only lead to one thing—more loss of real choices for you and your family. Maybe it’s time we reminded the left just who the defenders of choice, of freedom, really are. Here’s hoping we don’t sound too crazy. Because really, we don’t think we are. And that’s the scary part.

Sally Miller

Huge corrupt companies in bed with huge corrupt government is NOT capitalism or free market!

Without government involvement in the vaccine industry, this travesty would not be continuing and growing by leaps and bounds. That's not capitalism any more than big bailouts for banks is capitalism

Capitalism would have let the banks fail - so new, more responsible banks could take their place. Capitalism would let vaccines stand or fall on their own merit, the government would not mandate, promote nor purchase vaccines, and the public would be allowed to seek litigation for a damaging product.

Both political parties are at fault here, and until we realize that - we'll keep pointing fingers at the wrong problem.

Amy Becker Clark

Yea, I posted this on Facebook yesterday about this same article:

The swine flu vaccine campaign is just another economic stimulus program. Fortunately, half the US population seems to be saying "no" to risking their health for the economy. Only problem now is what to do with the 125 million doses the government bought that won't get used. It's way beyond hazardous waste. For reference:
- 0.5 parts per billion (ppb) mercury = Kills human neuroblastoma cells (Parran et al., Toxicol Sci 2005; 86: 132-140).
- 2 ppb mercury = U.S. EPA limit for drinking water. http://www.epa.gov/safewater/contaminants/index.html#mcls
- 20 ppb mercury = Neurite membrane structure destroyed (Leong et al., Neuroreport 2001; 12: 733-37).
- 200 ppb mercury = level in liquid the EPA classifies as hazardous waste. http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/mercury/regs.htm#hazwaste
- 50,000 ppb mercury = Current "preservative" level mercury in multi-dose vial flu vaccine (94% of supply), as per the package insert.

Kathy Blanco

CDC ACTUAL powerpoint sticking points, as in STICK it to the Americans...

Item 3 in the "Recipe" power point presentation....."Medical experts and public health authorities publicly ( e.g.,via media) state concern and alarm (and predict dire outcomes) - and urge influenza vaccination".

Section B under item 4 states.... "Framing of the flu season in terms that motivate behavior" (e.g., as "very severe", more severe than the last or past years, "deadly").

Item 5....Continued reports (e.g., from health officials and media) that influenza is causing severe illness and/or affecting lots of people - helping foster the perception that many people are susceptible to a bad case of influenza.

Item 6.... Visible/tangible examples of the seriousness of the illness (e.g., pictures of children, families of those affected coming forward) and people getting vaccinated (the first to motivate, the latter to reinforce.) References to, and discussions, of pandemic influenza along with continued reference to the importance of vaccination.

If this is the TACTICS they use, how are they any more like a murderer with preconceived plans to kill someone. I say, if they use these tactics, our soft answsers are not doing diddly squat. If they have to reinforce scare tactics with just a flu vaccine, imagine what the whole vaccine series as "serious and life threatening childhood diseases" have become...once being innocuous and good for the immune system?

Harry Tembenis

WOW Kim... I had been thinking this all along...I don't know what scared me more ... Bush/Cheney's Energy policy or Obama lettting the pigs at the trough dictate 'healthcare' ...

julie

Obama is looking more and more like Tony Blair and that's not a good thing.

Stagmom

When you FORCE people to buy a product, a product that is exempt from standard legal redress, is that a free market? When you threaten to take away their livlihod for not buying the product, or their ability to obtain an education - is that Capitalism?

Kathy Blanco

Vaccine drives come and go as often as the vaccine promoters can cook up the slightest pretense of a reason.n Back in1957 they were trying to stir up a vaccination campaign for what they decided to call Asiatic flu. An editorial in the Herald and Express for August 29, 1957 was captioned, "Fear of Flu Propaganda." Part of the piece is as follows:

"What a tempest in a teapot has been blown up over the probability that this country will experience an epidemic of the Asiatic flu in the fall and winter months ahead.

"Even the United States Department of Health is stooge for the panic — and has issued statements which are frightening the public, rather than reassuring them by pointing out that this epidemic, while widespread, gives no indication of being any more dangerous than our usual flood of influenza-like colds when winter comes on.

"Those who read between the lines even wonder whether the whole thing might not be a bit of super salesmanship on the part of those who are making and selling the vaccines which are being prepared.. . ."

Did you know the CDC has a powerpoint, got to find that by the way, found it once...in which the main motivation was, to make sure you scare the shit out of people, in order for them to comply to mandated vaccines.

In a world such as this, when lies are flung with altruistic underpinnings, I for one, think, that the autism community has to be more assured now, that our position is weak if we think vaccines are safe, effective, and better on slower schedules. We are only giving them what they want, our trust, and our babies lives...

Kent Heckenlively

Kim:

Great article. I think the sooner we realize that neither of our two parties will be on our side the better off we'll be. One or both of them may eventually come around, but we should be extremely wary of their embrace. Given the money that pharma can throw at them I'd expect them to stab us in the back at the first opportunity.

Kent.

KC

more disaster capitalism

scare to transfer wealth and power to a few

http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine

AnneS

The salt in the wound is that we already paid for this via our taxes.

Kathy Blanco

The health care bill will also make this a sham...because it will mandate vaccines in order to get coverage. Whatever happened to people making up their minds about the things they put into their bodies? Didn't our fourfathers warn us that there would be treachary and treason if people got a hold of a lot of authority without checks and balances? I also saw dr oz yesterdays very emotional plea for universal health coverage. Much of the people need it, this is for sure. But, WHAT KIND? The kind that does "well baby visits" and in which is often followed up by massive levels of vaccines? Who is laughing all the way to the bank? This does even pail in compariosons to the rip offs of MAIDEN...this is about LIVES, and whether or not you have a babies brain that is castrated by vaccines in the end.

Still, I noted that some of Dr Oz's people could have avoided mouth cancer if they didn't smoke so much, or heart troubles due to obesity. We have relegated our brains to authoritative figures, and lost our ability to question or feel like we can do anything about it. Truly, the meds are working...vaccines, fluoride, food stuffs, they are working all right, in consortium to dumb down America.

Although capitalism has its virtues, it is wrought with a lot of people willing and able to take advantage of situations numerous to make a quick buck off unfortunate people.

Teresa Conrick

I am also disgusted. One year ago, I had high hopes that, not only our country would be at a much beter place today, but that our children in this autism epidemic would finally have been heard and the calvary sent to rescue them. That has not happened and with the IACC loaded with irresponsible and unethical people, my disgust has multiplied.

Coupled with that is the whole swine flu saga. It appears to have become a giant infomercial to satisfy those who are easily persuaded to be afraid. Like your appropriate analogy to Haliburton Kim, but instead of visions of terrorists killing on the streets of Mayberry, we now have been given images of quarantine and bodybags.

Meanwhile, the horror of 1:91, the irony of mercury back in a "mandated vs recommended" vaccine, and now a retrovirus newcomer (was that around in the 1930's?) - what is one to think?

bensmyson

Safety in numbers huh?

Flowing long brown hair, a beautiful face and adoring husband are features that describe Desiree Jennings and her life. However, her life today is changed forever --for the worse--from where it existed only a few short weeks ago. Less than a month ago, Desiree was a Redskins football team cheerleader, marathon runner and energetic fast-moving athlete. Today, Desiree has seizures, speaks in a painfully halted manner that is often incoherent and has neurological damage that is irreperable. The culprit: the flu shot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_9SU6vM_BA

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/video/video.php?v=170766492805&ref=nf

Bob Moffitt

From the ABC news:

"The vaccine market is booming," says Bruce Carlson, spokesperson at market research firm Kalorama, which publishes an annual survey of the vaccine industry. "It's an enormous growth area for pharmaceuticals at a time when other areas are not doing so well,"

I suspect "other areas" would be doing much better if they enjoyed the same benefits awarded to vaccine manufacturers by having the government as a partner.

Indeed, what other product is approved, recommended and heavily marketed... by the government.. while at the very same time enjoying product liabiity protection laws...that severely weaken someone's right to sue for serious damages, including death..caused by the product?

I think many companies would "grow" if they were guaranteed "no fault" protection to manufacturers that prioritized "cost effectiveness" over "product safety".

Stagmom

Individual doctors might BE taking a loss. CVS isn't. Walgreen's isn't. Pharma isn't. Now your shot is administered by a para-nursing aide who last week was cleaning toilets for Maids R Us. Docs have been marginalized as consumer driven and commerce driven medicine has overtaken the doctor patient relationship.

Craig Willoughby

But wait! I thought that vaccines weren't profitable! I thought that doctors were going in the hole from administering free vaccines! (/end sarcasm)

(Rolling my eyes)

bensmyson

"In addition, Congress has set aside more than $10 billion this year to research flu viruses, monitor H1N1's progress and educate the public about prevention."


Serious? $10 billion?

What was it, just the other day in an article about the pandemic explosion of the autism rate, it said the government is committing $85 million (that's an "M" not a "B") in research money to "find a cause."

If my math is any good, that's less than one percent of the big pharma flu money.

Makes you feel good doesn't it? Meanwhile an 11 year old kid with autism runs into the street and gets killed by a passing truck.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/411034_boyhit11.html

I really am on the frickin' edge!

Tanners Dad

Blood is boiling. One day just one day would I like to see an emergency response team set up for Autism. Did you get to hear any of the meeting yesterday Kim? I am sure your blood would have hit 212 and we would see steam coming out of your ears... Great piece Thank you.

John Stone

All yesterday I had the aberrant phrase whirring in my head "President Opharma and the National Institutes of Stealth". I know we shouldn't be political and particularly not when it comes to other countries but if Obama came to office on any basis it was on competence ticket, so we have to assume that he is responsible. Of course, he can't turn the entire ship of government round at the flick of a finger, but he is also supposed to know what's going on. This is political dereliction of a high order. Government has been debauched. SHAME.

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