Skip to comments.Grassley Calls For Corrective Action On Abuses In Herpes Vaccine Research
Posted on 01/08/2018 8:59:53 AM PST by azkathy
WASHINGTON A Republican senator is demanding that the Trump administration and a university scrutinize how a researcher was able to inject an experimental herpes vaccine into human subjects without routine safety oversight.
In letters sent out Thursday, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley also told the administration and Southern Illinois University that he wanted to be reassured that corrective action" was being taken to prevent similar research abuses.
Southern Illinois University professor William Halford tested his experimental herpes vaccine on participants in the Caribbean and in U.S. hotel rooms without Food and Drug Administration or institutional review board oversight. After Halford died in June and Kaiser Health News raised questions about the research, the university concluded he was in serious noncompliance with regulatory requirements and institutional policies and procedures. This entire episode illustrates a failure in necessary governmental oversight of vaccine research as well as a failure by SIU to properly oversee its research staff, Grassley wrote in the letters that cited KHNs ongoing reporting.
Grassley, the chair of the Judiciary Committee, is well-known for pushing U.S. agencies to account for what he describes as breakdowns or lapses in the federal bureaucracy even when the GOP is in charge. In this case, his letters to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration could put pressure on the Trump administration to take a more aggressive role in any investigation of Halfords research. Grassleys letter to SIU could also lead to the university implementing tougher reforms in the wake of the unauthorized research, which participants say occurred as early as 2013 and continued into 2017.
The type of research conducted, apparently all under-the-radar to the Obama administration and the very university that employed [Halford], has put individuals at extreme health risk, Grassley wrote. Grassley also sent his letter to the federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), which monitors how human subjects are treated in trials. OHRP could have jurisdiction in launching an independent investigation because the university had pledged to follow human subject safety protocols for all research, even if it was funded privately. But experts say that the federal government has become less aggressive about pursuing human-subject research violations over the years.
The agencys public assessments of research misconduct peaked in 2002, when it issued more than 100 determination letters. That number has steadily declined. In 2017, it issued one.
Further politicizing the matter, Halfords company, Rational Vaccines, received millions of dollars for future research on the experimental vaccine from billionaire Peter Thiel, a President Donald Trump supporter and high-profile critic of the FDA. Thiel has not commented on the matter, despite investing in Rational Vaccines after Halfords offshore trial.
SIU, meanwhile, has previously said it had no role or responsibility for Halfords work, which it said it didnt know about until after it was completed. Following a KHN report that Halford completed the 2016 trial in St. Kitts and Nevis with no independent safety oversight, HHS demanded the university account for the research. The FDA and OHRP, however, have not commented on their roles in the matter.
I saw an article a few days ago and IKEA was recalling dressers because 8 children were killed/severely injured. I think we need to start a meme, #BeLikeIKEA #ProtectDon'tInject.
This weekend Brandy Vaughn Founder of Learn the Risk and ex Merck employee wrote, “Colton Berrett left this world because complications of the HPV shot GARDASIL. The shot that has NEVER proven to prevent ANY cancer. In fact, it’s only a theory that HPV even causes cervical cancer.
But it’s the (benign) virus that has a vaccine to sell — so that’s what they push...at the expense of our children.
Colton died just two month shy of his 18th birthday. He should have been heading to college and enjoying the last of his teenage years.
Not suffering to line the pockets of pharmaceutical companies, like Merck — my ex-company and the maker of the Gardasil vaccine that killed Colton.
Merck should be charged with MURDER for lying about the safety and (lack of) effectiveness of this vaccine. People should be going to jail, not cashing big checks $$ as they watch children suffer and die because of their lies.”
If a rogue researcher wants to go to a Holiday Inn in Jamaica and inject people who are stupid enough to agree, I don’t see what we can do to stop it.
The vaccine industry is pure evil and nasty with good little liberal intentions
This entire episode illustrates a failure in necessary governmental oversight of vaccine research as well as a failure by SIU to properly oversee its research staff, Grassley wrote in the letters that cited KHNs ongoing reporting.
For one thing, if we had Media that were doing their job instead of just being political hacks, they would help we the people hold the manufacturers and profiteers of vaccines accountable for their actions. I think this story just illustrates that there is corruption in PHARMA and our Government agencies who are supposed to make the vaccinations safe are failing.
Well, this is interesting. Dr. Halford was diagnosed with cancer back in 2011, went through chemo, etc., and it was sort of an ongoing battle that he eventually lost. That made me think all manner of things, absences, for example, would not be closely scrutinized by the University, making it easier for Halford to “fly under” whatever “radar” existed. This especially since he had millions of $$ in private funding.
This YouTube link is, shall we say, insightful as to the motivations, etc.
Halford knew his time was very limited, and was “driven”.
HOWEVER, notice the colleague’s statement and the Facebook address shown on the YouTube page, under “Published”. It’s a little hard to believe “no one knew”...!
Deja vu, i believe it was 60 Minutes did excerpt years ago condemning WWII-era US Army doctors doing the same to blacks troops
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