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British Medical Journal Fails On “First Do No Harm” Over HPV Vaccines

image from encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.comby  John Stone

"If the contents of either of the papers became widely known it would surely have sounded the global death knell for the products and also called twelve years of government policy into question. When balancing the welfare of British children against the interests of industry and state it seems in the end the children barely weighed."

Serious ethical questions arise over the role of British Medical Journal and the promotion of Human Papillomavirus vaccines. Back in May BMJ published a news report of the Cochrane Review of HPV vaccines by former London Times journalist Nigel Hawkes “HPV vaccines are effective and safe and work best in young women, review finds”. It has come to light in the blog of Prof David Healy (author Pharmageddon and Let Them Eat Prozac ) that the BMJ knew the reasons for this confidence were at best extremely controversial, and that the journal itself had turned down an earlier paper by members of Nordic Cochrane (including leading scientists Peter Gøtzsche and Tom Jefferson) highlighting major flaws in the science surrounding the products. Healy states:

“ Some months back, the Nordic Cochrane Center, one of the centres in the Cochrane Collaboration, sent a review of studies done on the HPV vaccine to the BMJ.  Much to their surprise, BMJ turned down this article which contained all studies done on HPV and a serious attempt to flag up the limitations of the trials and accordingly the limitations of what we could confidently say.”

This paper is still unpublished but two weeks ago BMJ Evidenced Based Medicine published a second paper by the Nordic Cochrane group, Lars Jørgensen, Peter Gøtzsche and Tom Jefferson attacking the foundations of the Cochrane Review, as reported on Age of Autism last week and now available in full from Prof Healy’s site. Despite the BMJ Group publication the main journal chose not to publicise this extraordinarily newsworthy event. (It might be said that news is not what it was and this is one of the most blatant suppressions of  the news in modern medicine - the "Fake" comes in not reporting.)

While there is no doubt that the BMJ Group is commercially conflicted, not only accepting advertising from all the manufacturers – GSK, Merck and Sanofi - but also being in historic partnership with Merck, perhaps the real reasons are even more disturbing and relate BMJ’s peculiar relationship as the journal of the British Medical Association (the doctors’ trade union) with the British medical profession. If the contents of either of the papers became widely known it would surely have sounded the global death knell for the products and also called twelve years of government policy into question. When balancing the welfare of British children against the interests of industry and state it seems in the end the children barely weighed.

Last week the present writer tried to challenge a senior BMA member - Dr Peter English, Chair of its Public Health Medicines Committee - in the on-line columns of BMJ:

“As a “Public Health Physician” Peter English seems to express a breath-taking disdain for the public, while also apparently eliding any critical view of vaccines at all with being “anti-science”… I wonder what he thinks the public, particularly prospective vaccinees and their families, should be allowed to know about the recent paper by Jørgensen regarding the inadequacies in the trialing of HPV vaccines?”.

Naturally, it was not published.

 PostScript: In a 2008 letter to BMJ regarding HPV vaccine, co-signed by Prof Keith Neal, Peter English discloses:

"Competing interests: Between them the authors have given occasional lectures for, received expenses for professional conferences from, and participated in advisory boards for various pharmaceutical companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi Pasteur MSD, and others."

 

John Stone is UK and European editor of Age of Autism

 

 

Comments

Jeannette Bishop

@susan welch, thank you for the UK Column link.

Morag

Thanks John,good article,serious ethical questions getting raised are as serious as it gets!
Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC] Code of Conduct revised from 2007/08 version .
I am unable to find this version online ? perhaps you can to compare the difference between the two versions side by side ?
2008 version states.
The Code - Standards of conduct,performance and ethics for nurses and midwives .
Revised Code of Conduct 2015 onwards .
The Code - Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives.
To Prioritise People
Practice effectively
Promote professionalism and trust
Would Florence Nightingale be throwing an apoplectic style temper tantrum at the state of the refurbished ,remodled Code of Conduct ,with any reference to ethics being removed and replaced with fondled and fluffy terminology and very subjective looking limits and boundaries of conduct and performance?
Has The General Medical Council [GMC] Code of Conduct been changed in a fudge- a-nudge fashion as well ? I don't know?

susan welch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N6riAa55NQ

This issue got 17 minutes on UK Column news today (from approx 6 mins in to 23 minutes) and John Stone and Age of Autism featured quite prominently.

Worth watching.

Hans Litten

Hold on a second (credit : Mr BigOak)

I thought the science was (always) settled !

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/particles-found-to-travel/

Particles Found to Travel Faster Than Speed of Light

Neutrino results challenge a cornerstone of Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity, which itself forms the foundation of modern physics

Hans Litten

An honest politician .....VOTE HER IN

https://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/i-team/i-team-las-vegas-councilwoman-s-vaccine-advice-creates-controversy/1356615345

I-Team: Las Vegas councilwoman's vaccine advice creates controversy

Meanwhile Dublin Ireland is on red alert after 11 children catch the measles "infection".....
You know the one, we all had it growing up , next to harmless (unlike vaccination).

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/particularly-concerned-warning-issued-as-child-measles-outbreak-worsens-37202676.html

The HSE are a complete laughing stock !!!

Elizabeth Hart

Re Jack's reference to "The fact that Lauri Markowitz of the CDC helped plan the protocol is evidence that CDC tainted the process..."

In regards to Lauri Markowitz's involvement in the Cochrane HPV vaccine protocol, on 29 February 2016 I forwarded an email to David Tovey, Editor in Chief and Deputy CEO of Cochrane, saying:

Dr Tovey, I see that Lauri Markowitz of the CDC is one of the authors of Cochrane’s HPV vaccination review, i.e. “To evaluate the immunogenicity, clinical efficacy, and safety of prophylactic HPV vaccines in females.”

I understand from a PubMed search that Markowitz is an author on many papers about HPV vaccination, for example this paper recently published in Pediatrics: Prevalence of HPV After Introduction of the Vaccination Program in the United States: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/02/19/peds.2015-1968

Markowitz et al’s recently published paper simultaneously received widespread acclaim in the mainstream media, see for example this article in Forbes magazine: HPV Infection Rates Plummet In Young Women Due To Vaccine: http://www.forbes.com/sites/tarahaelle/2016/02/23/hpv-infection-rates-plummet-in-young-women-due-to-vaccine/?utm_source=followingdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20160223#7dfb1cd75c4d

So Markowitz is going to be reviewing her own papers for the Cochrane review on HPV vaccination?

The Cochrane ‘About us’ page is headed: “Trusted evidence. Informed decisions. Better health.” The ‘About us’ webpage also states: “Cochrane contributors…work together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest…Our work is recognized as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.”

Really?! We’re expected to trust Cochrane’s information, e.g. a review of HPV vaccination which is being prepared by an employee of the CDC and an author on many HPV vaccination papers?

Markowitz was on the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Working Group in 2006. She’s the ‘corresponding preparer’ on the ACIP’s document recommending implementation of HPV vaccination: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5602a1.htm

How can Markowitz possibly be an objective and independent reviewer of the literature regarding HPV vaccination when much of the material she will be reviewing is her own work?

Dr Tovey, can you please advise on what basis Lauri Markowitz was engaged to conduct the Cochrane review of HPV vaccination?

Dr Tovey replied on 1 March 2016, saying:

Elizabeth

Cochrane’s conflict of interest policy is publicly available: http://community-archive.cochrane.org/editorial-and-publishing-policy-resource/conflicts-interest-and-cochrane-reviews

I couldn’t tell for certain but it wasn’t clear from your email whether Lauri Markowitz has been involved in any of the RCTs that will be included in the review. If she is, there are rules about trialists not evaluating or data extracting from their own trials.

We can’t govern the opinions that review authors hold although we are stricter than other journals about conflicts of interests – in that declaration is not always sufficient. We have safeguards in place to avoid bias due to non financial conflicts although I acknowledge these cannot currently be fully controlled – but these include insisting on teams of authors, peer review at both the protocol and review stage, detailed editing by the appropriate Cochrane Review Group plus oversight by my Editorial Unit.

I am very confident that the review, if it makes it through to publication will be robust to the criticism that we can be certain will be thrown at it.

Best wishes

David

So much for the publication being “robust to the criticism that we can be certain will be thrown at it”…

Dr Tovey didn’t answer my question on what basis Lauri Markowitz was engaged to conduct the Cochrane review of HPV vaccination. Which makes one wonder who initiated the protocol?

What motivates people to become a ‘Cochrane author’? https://join.cochrane.org/what-you-can-do/author-or-peer-reviewer/become-author

Is it in the right spirit to to become a Cochrane author to review your own work?

Lauri Markowitz was subsequently NOT listed as an author on the Cochrane HPV vaccine review, so there was obviously a change of heart. But Markowitz was acknowledged for her input in the development of the protocol, and also for her “invaluable advice and contributions by reviewing the results and discussion sections”.

Also interesting to note the project was supported by the US National Institute for Health Research. See the full Cochrane review for Acknowledgements: http://cochranelibrary-wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD009069.pub3/full

Elizabeth Hart

As you say John, "serious ethical questions arise over the role of British Medical Journal and the promotion of Human Papillomavirus vaccines..."

For instance in December 2016, on his BMJ Blog, Richard Lehman included a glib little piece promoting HPV vaccination, i.e. "Two is as good as three for HPV". Lehman said: "In the case of vaccination against human papillomaviruses transmitted sexually and associated with anal, cervical, and oropharyngeal cancers, we are awaiting the long term reductions in these conditions, which ought to follow elimination of the viruses; and the results are very promising. No adverse effects have emerged when teenage populations have been vaccinated, whereas viral transmission has fallen even more dramatically than expected. The question of how many doses are needed is now also practically settled: this trial across 52 sites in 15 countries confirms that two shots of 9-valent vaccine provide lasting immunogenicity. This is already standard practice in a number of countries and the accompanying editorial gives a good summary of the current position."

I took issue with Lehman's piece, submitting a comment questioning the evidence underpinning the original three doses of both Gardasil and Cervarix that had been given to millions of children, and also raising concerns about the unnaturally high antibody titres induced by HPV vaccination.

Publication of my comment was delayed, while legal opinion was sought, including about a response I had received from Cervarix HPV vaccine trial researcher, Diane Harper, in which she said "my comment Cervarix has proven efficacy in a single dose against incident HPV infection and incident CIN 3 -- not against cancer -- just be clear about what my intents in my statement referred to. I agree that there is no evidence of cancers prevented -- especially the head and neck cancers that gardasil9 is being touted to prevent in boys."

After what seemed an inordinate delay, my edited comment was finally published on Richard Lehman's blog, see here: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2016/12/05/richard-lehmans-journal-review-5-december-2016/

I subsequently followed up with more detailed comments, which were not published, but can be seen here: https://elizabethhart.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/e-hart-unpublished-comments-re-hpv-vax-on-richard-lehmans-bmj-blog1.pdf

Undertaking correspondence with Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of The BMJ, she promised to act on the information I raised in December 2016 about the lack of evidence for multiple doses of HPV vaccines, and concerns about the unnaturally high antibody titres induced by HPV vaccination. On 15 February 2017 she advised me "the BMJ's associate editor Peter Doshi is actively investigating this issue", but I've heard nothing further.

In the meantime probably millions of young people have had multiple doses of HPV vaccines without knowing about the lack of evidence for the multiple doses, or about the unnaturally high antibody titres.

John Stone

Jack,

Indeed, but this paper is evidently the off-shoot on another yet to be published paper - so we don’t know. Also, it has to be said that the issues with these products and their development are almost limitless. Wherever you go there seems to another treacherous angle.

Tim Lundeen

A good talk about the corruption from Bernadette Pajer at https://www.facebook.com/jbhandleyjr/videos/2312725558767586/

James Lyons-Weiler

The critique of the review is good, but it missed a golden opportunity to actually bring the rest of the science forward. They did not go far enough and could have brought forward the literature on type replacement. The fact that Lauri Markowitz of the CDC helped plan the protocol is evidence that CDC tainted the process - she published on type replacement and in that study clearly cooked the data; the data from the CDC study found no net change in HPV infection before and after the HPV-4 was brought to market. I wrote to her and she stopped writing back after I pointed out the obvious. The CDC data upon independent analysis supports type replacement. AHRP calls Cochrane out for being corrupted by Gates $$$$.
http://ahrp.org/gates-foundation-buys-cochrane-integrity-for-1-15-million/

John Stone

Gary

There was a lady who rang me out of the blue a couple times - don't know where she got my number and I believe she was a dentist by profession - but she had a word for it all: "kleptocracy" and of course it poses as liberal democracy but mostly only people feel its absence, and a great hollowness.

Gary Ogden

A crime for the ages, the HPV vaccines, and BMJ an aider and abettor of this horror. The Merck mumps fraud case will be heard in court this year. A massive fraud against the U.S. government and children everywhere. Our government seems to be OK with fraud if it is committed in the name of commerce-witness Obama letting all the banksters whose fraudulent policies caused enormous misery go scot free for their crimes. The cases of the Japanese HPV victims are ongoing. The result will be, in both cases, very large fines, fines which are nothing more than pocket change to these these evil, repulsive corporations who seem to control all governments these days. But, as you say, John, word is leaking out. Lies this big cannot be forever hidden. Thank God for the internet; it is functioning as the press once did. Their ham-fisted efforts at censorship will backfire as more and more people awaken. The media call it "populism," but it is, in reality, individual people who are demanding the return of the basic, fundamental human rights that arose during the Enlightenment, and are delineated in such documents as Magna Carta, the U.S. Constitution, the Nuremburg Code, and so forth. People have every right to be mad as hell because the primary victims of these ruthless thugs such as Merck, GSK, et al, are children. I say prison for all of them, pharma executives, government officials, medical journal editors, the lot. Hard time. Breaking rocks.

Angus Files

Well done John you`ve just usurped the BMJ.The victories are flooding in these days -looks like they are rattled just a tadge.

Pharma For Prison

MMR RIP

David Weiner

This whole notion that it is the proper role of governments (and quasi government institutions such as the BMJ) to balance the interests of different groups of people is a fatally flawed one, notwithstanding the fact that governments rarely even try to make a credible effort to do such a thing.

Genuine rights only exist at the level of the individual. The idea of balancing the interests of various groups is really just a rationalization for sacrificing the interests of the politically weak for the sake of the interests of the politically strong.

John Stone

So, finally 12 day later BMJ have produced a news report:

https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k3472

The story still deflects from the issue which is ultimately not the integrity of Cochrane Reviews, serious though that is, but the safety of the vaccines being injected into children.

John Stone

Angus

The biggest conflict is that they don’t know how to stop, while the stakes get ever higher.

John

Angus Files

The elephant in the room conflicts,or money talks the kids are seen as no more than weeds needing constant thinning via vaccines,shame on them.


Pharma For Prison

MMR RIP

Jenny Allan

Thank you John for everything you do 'behind the scenes', particularly your relentless letter writing, to Government committees, press and media, (including complaints), and of course the BMJ. Anything not published can be posted here on AoA.

Suppression is a powerful tool, which has always been used by governments and corporations to hide inconvenient facts from the public. The internet is a recent 'fifth column' and present attempts to stifle views on internet forums and blogs reflect the increasing concern and even panic in some areas of the 'establishment'. There was a time when newspapers and the media could be relied on to expose governments' excesses and corruption within corporate & political systems. No longer. Pharma advertising revenue has ensured editorial complicity.

The HPV vaccine is an absolute disgrace. Just how much worldwide damage will this be permitted to cause before it is banned altogether? The first MMR vaccine caused untold brain damage and disabilities following a UK health Department's decision to implement this dangerous Urabe Mumps virus containing vaccine, disregarding compelling evidence from Canada about aseptic meningitis, causing encephalitis and brain damage. It was the vaccine manufacturers who banned this vaccine in 1991, three years after it was introduced in 1988. The UK Government conveniently slapped a 20 year suppression order on papers, which identified the Government's role in implementing an unsafe vaccine, in spite of warnings from Canada and dissent from several qualified advisers in the UK, who were of the opinion the mumps MMR component was unnecessary, since mumps in infancy is normally benign. If only they were listened to. MMR 2, with the Jeryl Lynn mumps component, was rushed into the UK child schedules with very little safety monitoring, (as was pointed out by Cochrane). Mumps is now endemic in our universities and colleges, where young adults are contracting a disease which can cause sterility. It is now officially admitted the mumps MMR component 'wears off". The answer? -another MMR jab. Fertility in the western world is declining rapidly but 'of course' (sarcasm)- correlation does not prove causation. There is now some evidence emerging the HPV jab is causing sterility in young women.

Thanks to Wendy Stephen, a recent AoA post demonstrated an attempt by David Salisbury to suppress a freedom of information request 2007:-
"I note that you have implied that Urabe-based MMR vaccines could cause death from mumps meningitis/encephalitis. I am not aware of any deaths that were shown to have been caused by the Urabe mumps virus in the MMR vaccines used in this country between 1988 and 2002.
Please could you provide details that support your statement, or please remove this misleading information."
Dr David Salisbury, director of immunisation, department of health, London 08.03.07

FOIA Centre reply
"Our report in fact said: “It [Urabe MMR] was blamed for the deaths of several children after being withdrawn by the department of health in 1992.”
In a discussion with Dr David Salisbury, he clar-ified that his objection was that, irrespective of whether Urabe MMR had been blamed for causing deaths, he does not accept that any such deaths have in fact resulted from Urabe MMR or any other MMR.
We referred him to the judgement, of March 13, 2003 of the Osaka district court in Japan, which ruled that the death of two children (among numerous other serious conditions) were caused by Urabe MMR.
He said in response that Japan had a different Urabe MMR from the two Urabe MMR vaccines that were used in the UK.
However, it remains that it was established in this case – to the satisfaction of a court in Japan – that the deaths of two children were caused by Urabe MMR.
In addition, we referred him to several British cases where parents who claimed that their children had died as a result of Urabe MMR had received compensation under the “vaccine damage payment” scheme.
He said in response that this does not establish that the deaths were in fact caused by the vaccine.
However, in one case a tribunal ruled against a previous assertion by the department of health that the claim by a mother that her daughter’s death had been caused by Urabe MMR was unproven. Her claim was established at tribunal.
A separate tribunal awarded compensation in relation to another case where a child died after suffering brain damage caused by Urabe MMR. And another tribunal was persuaded that Urabe MMR was the likely cause of death in a further case.
Parents who have received compensation in such cases have indeed blamed MMR, including Urabe MMR, for causing the deaths of their children. Moreover, in some cases, their conclusions were endorsed by tribunals.
There can be no doubt, therefore, that we were entirely correct to say that Urabe MMR was blamed for the deaths of several children. We did not say that Urabe MMR had caused such deaths, merely that it had been blamed for doing so. We do not accept that the conclusions of tribunals should be dismissed."

This was a clear attempt at bullying and suppression by David Salisbury. He also wrote to the GMC before the hearing, alleging misconduct against Dr Andrew Wakefield and his clinician colleagues Professors Walker-Smith and Murch stating the MMR vaccine had an 'exemplary' safety record. In view of the FOI response, this was blatantly untrue.
The GMC panel were plainly lied to, and if the truth had not been suppressed, it is extremely doubtful this expensive 3 year hearing would have gone ahead. Several Lancet children had received the dangerous Urabe mumps containing MMR vaccine.

The 20 year suppression of these MMR vaccine papers ended just before the GMC guilty verdicts.
From the Scottish Daily Mail
21st May 2010

"MMR Jab sparks early warnings. ( headline) NHS bosses were warned about fears over certain strains of MMR vaccines three years before they were banned. "

Also being suppressed, is a long running US legal case against Merck, alleging they 'fiddled' their efficacy figures for the Jeryl Lynn mumps component of MMR 2. Merck has spent $millions in attempts to keep this out of a court of law...........................................and then there is that 'wanted felon' Poul Thorsen, happily living his life in Denmark.

If the press and media won't report it, then we must. If there are attempts to shut us down we change names and change sites and continue as before.

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