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USA Today: Why Big Pharma distrust is fueling the anti-vaxxer movement and playing a role in the measles outbreak

Merck trust usNote: This is a relatively balanced article about a topic that has been forever a one sided refusal to even entertain a conversation. Vaccine safety. Pharma drug safety. They two are the same. And yet, in the media, they are worlds apart. To many Americans, they are worlds apart. Pharma is the devil when it comes to drug safety and an angel when it comes to vaccines. If only the world were that black and white.  Our Dan Olmsted was a founding writer for USA Today when it launched. I wish he were here today to help us sort out the morass of vaccine safety reporting.  KIM

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Bernadette Pajer doesn't trust the pharmaceutical industry. And she doesn't trust vaccines.

The founder of a Washington state advocacy group says her dual distrust shouldn't come as any surprise. She notes drugmakers have a "pretty poor record overall" on safety and transparency. Not to mention the opioid crisis, though Pajer often does. 

Pajer is not alone. As distrust of the pharmaceutical industry grows, so has the anti-vaccination movement. That is a critical issue as the number of measles cases in the USA surges. 

Vaccine supporters – which include federal, state and local officials, the public health community and most doctors – say it wasn't drugmakers' idea to require protection from largely eradicated deadly diseases. It's the government's doing.

It's also the government that shields drugmakers from liability when vaccines are found to cause injury. To vaccine skeptics, including drug safety advocate Kim Witczak, this suggests they may be hiding or at least getting away with something.  

When voters were surveyed in January about their feelings toward industries that benefit from the North American Free Trade Agreement, nearly half had an unfavorable opinion of pharmaceutical companies, up from about a third in 2008, according to the advocacy group Public Citizen and the research firm Citizen Research.

"The pharmaceutical companies in particular push the negative reactions off the chart, with nearly half giving the most intense negative response," says a summary by pollster Stanley Greenberg. “Just mentioning the pharmaceutical companies as benefiting is like throwing a bomb in every quarter of the electorate." Read more at USA Today here.

 

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michael

From Yesterday's Nightly Business Report-- http://nbr.com/2019/10/10/transcript-nightly-business-report-october-9-2019/

"ERIK GORDON, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS PROFESSOR: The verdict shows how much we hate pharmaceutical companies. We have gone from thinking of them as the people who provide the diabetes medicine and heart pills that keep our grandmother`s alive to the people who are gouging us with prices, lying to us about safety problems."


MEG TIRRELL, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT: Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is no stranger to the courtroom. The healthcare giant has been fighting legal battles on multiple fronts, most recently on its talcum powder and opioids businesses. But the news late yesterday was unexpected. A Philadelphia jury said J&J must pay $8 billion in punitive damages, in a case involving its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal. The damages are to a man who claims J&J downplayed risks that the drug could cause breast growth in boys. He already won $680,000 in a compensatory award. J&J called the award, quote, grossly disproportionate and a clear violation of due process and said it will move to have it set aside.

The sheer size of the jury`s award though may be a symptom of the public
suspicion of the pharmaceutical industry, says University of Michigan
business professor Erik Gordon.

ERIK GORDON, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS PROFESSOR: The verdict shows how much we hate pharmaceutical companies. We have gone from thinking of them as the people who provide the diabetes medicine and heart pills that keep our grandmother`s alive to the people who are gouging us with prices, lying to us about safety problems.

TIRRELL: The drug industry is now the least popular in the United States,
this year unseating the federal government, has most-hated in a Gallup
poll.

GORDON: They`ve gone from being heroes to being bums in the eyes of a lot of us, including jurors.

TIRRELL: For J&J, more litigation is on the horizon another Risperdal
trial is set to begin in Philadelphia in December while there`s an ongoing
trial in the health giant`s home state of New Jersey concerning its talcum
powder and ovarian cancer. And beyond that, J&J is still named in more
than 2,000 opioid lawsuits.

The company just reached a settlement to avoid the first federal opioid
trial set to begin later this month in Ohio. It paid $20 million to two
counties. That`s after a $572 million loss in an opioid trial in the state
of Oklahoma. Some of its talc verdicts have been larger, including one for
$4.7 billion last year.

The company is appealing the cases it`s lost. And while Wall Street
analyst has generally shrugged off the $8 billion verdict, saying it`s very
likely to be overturned, investors wiped more than 2 percent from J&J`s
stock price. That amounts to more than $8 billion in market value.

For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Meg Tirrell.

Rtp

Correct John. According to US census data, children are ten times as likely to have a disability today than before the widespread use of vaccines.

There is no greater good. There is no good of any kind from any vaccine. Just 7 billion completely deranged people who have somehow allowed themselves to be convinced that a trillion viruses raining down on them from the sky each day is harmless but a few thousand viruses jumping from a child to their child is instantly fatal. At the same time, these completely deranged people have decided that being around these sick children is so dangerous that they need to get a vaccine to protect themselves from them - except that they get most of their vaccines at a place typically filled with sick people.

Lunacy. The fact is that if you believe in any vaccine in any kind in any situation then you don't have a mind. I don't mean that you are stupid. I mean that you are literally a mindless automaton without anything remotely resembling consciousness.

michael

What I find extraordinary telling is that legislators pushing mandates can only make their mouths say 'safe and effective', and cannot, will not and appear quite incapable of saying 'vaccine injury' because then they have confessed their evil sin.

John Stone

Michael

It is not utilitarian to injure so many people.

michael

What I find extraordinary telling is that legislators pushing mandates can only make their mouths say 'safe and effective', and cannot, will not and appear quite incapable of saying 'vaccine injury' because then they have confessed their evil sin and the utilitarian basis of their motives.

Grace Green

Well worth reading the original article. It looks like a chink of light in the reporting of the vaccine holocaust.

Bill

Once again, THANK-YOU, Bob Moffit. Your comment above, is so close to what I would write, that it saves me from having to write a longer comment myself. So, I AGREE 100% with what Bob is saying. And then some. When ANYBODY asks ANY question about VAXX SAFETY, the media immediately brands them as dangerous "anti-vaxxers".
So let ME ask a question. If vaxxes are as "safe and effective" as the media and PhRMA *claim*, then WHY are they NOT available as NON-PROFIT PUBLIC GOODS, but ONLY as PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT PRODUCTS?.....
My 2 typing fingers are getting tired. Maybe somebody ELSE here can answer that question today?....
KEEP UP the GOOD WORK, People!
~Bill Bradford

Bob Moffit

"Vaccine supporters – which include federal, state and local officials, the public health community and most doctors – say it wasn't drugmakers' idea to require protection from largely eradicated deadly diseases. It's the government's doing."

Can someone please explain why …. for 20 years .. those very same VACCINE SUPPORTERS have steadfastly refused to conduct an independent, scientific study of vaccinated v unvaccinated populations .. to ascertain if BOTH populations suffer the same inexplicable, dramatic increase in childhood development problems which now affect 54% of today's generation .. up from 12% in 2002. ?

For 20 years this common sense study not only remains UNDONE .. but those begging for it to be done have been routinely "DEMONIZED AS ANTI-VAXXERS' .. while providing ludicrous reasons for not doing the study. After all is said and done …. this country has the resources, data and expertise to conduct this study .. THEY LACK ONLY THE WILL TO DO SO.

Which begs the question: WHY .. WHAT ARE THEY SO TERRIFIED THAT PARTICULAR STUDY WILL REVEAL.

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