2012: The Top Fifteen Selling Vaccines
JULY 14, 2013
By Norma Erickson
The ‘medical miracle’ of vaccines has proven quite miraculous on at least one front, the financial one. Investors in the manufacture, distribution and administration of vaccines have reaped handsome rewards since the creation of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA).
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
The topic of vaccine safety became prominent during the mid 1970s with increases in lawsuits filed on behalf of those presumably injured by the diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) vaccine. Legal decisions were made and damages awarded despite the lack of scientific evidence to support vaccine injury claims. As a result of these decisions, liability and prices soared, and several manufacturers halted production. A vaccine shortage resulted and public health officials became concerned about the return of epidemic disease. To reduce liability and respond to public health concerns, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) in 1986.
This change in liability created an environment where vaccine manufacturers could evolve from threatening to get out of the vaccine production business to generating the following sales in 2012:1
1. Prevnar 13® – $3.718 billion – Pfizer
2. Gardasil® – $1.900 billion – Merck & Co/Sanofli Pasteur MSD
3. PENTAct-HIB – $1.522 billion – Sanofli/Sanofli Pasteur MSD
4. Infanrix/Pediarix – $1.183 billion – by GlaxoSmithKline
5. Fluzone – $1.152 billion – by Sanofli/Sanofli Pasteur MSD
6. Hepatitis franchise – $986 million – by GlaxoSmithKline
7. Varivax – $846 million – by Merck & Co/Sanofli Pasteur MSD
8. Menactra – $735 million – by Sanofli/Sanofli Pasteur
9. Zostavax – $651 million – by Merck & Co/Sanofli Pasteur
10. RotaTeq® – $648 million – by Merck & Co/Sanofli Pasteur
11. Synflorix® – $587 million – by GlaxoSmithKline
12.Pneumovax®23 – $580 million – by Merck & Co/Sanofli Pasteur
13.Rotarix – $549 million – by GlaxoSmithKline
14.Adacel – $469 million – by Sanofli/Sanofli Pasteur MSD
15. Prevnar – $399 million – by Pfizer
For the five producers of the top 15 vaccines, this is a total of $15.925 billion; not at all bad for an industry that was threatening to close down operations 30 years ago. Apparently, limited liability does wonders for the bottom line.
Whether the miraculous nature of the limited liability vaccination programs instituted since the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was created extends to safety and efficacy remains hotly debated.
For instance, in 1980 there were three recommended vaccines given in five shots before age 2; DPT (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and OPV (oral polio vaccine). The autism rate in 1980 was estimated at 2/10,000. Now, children could receive as many as 24 shots by 2 years of age and five shots in a single visit1 and the autism rate is now 1/88.2
No, this information does not prove causation. However, any reasonable person can see that a correlation exists. This correlation needs to be thoroughly investigated by people who are not stakeholders in vaccines or vaccination programs.
Until that research is completed, exercise your right to informed consent.4 Do your research.
Get These Questions Answered Before You Decide If A Vaccine Is Right For You Or Your Child:
§ How serious is the disease being vaccinated against?
§ What are the chances of being exposed to this disease?
§ What is the normal outcome of contracting this disease?
§ What is the worst case scenario of contracting this disease?
§ What are the ingredients in this vaccine?
§ Do I have an allergy to any of the vaccine ingredients?
§ How effective is this vaccine?
§ What are the adverse effects currently associated with this vaccine?
§ Have I experienced an adverse reaction to any prior vaccination?
§ Does my family’s health history make me more likely to suffer an adverse reaction to this vaccine?
§ Does my current state of health indicate I can be vaccinated now, should wait to vaccinate later, or not vaccinate at all?
§ What are the alternative ways to protect against this disease?
Above all, remember vaccines can and do cause injury or death for some individuals.
Don’t play vaccine roulette – evaluate the risks, benefits, and alternatives – be a wise medical consumer!
1. Top 15 Selling Vaccines of 2012, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, July 2013
2. History of Vaccine Schedule, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, reviewed by Paul A. Offit, MD
4. Informed Consent, Medline Plus, National Institutes of Health
You likely didn’t know that the has concerns that two popular HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines, Merck’s Gardasil and GlaxoSmithKline ‘s Cervarix, can cause very severe side-effects including long-term pain and numbness, infertility, and paralysis. If the Japanese can ultimately show that the vaccine is dangerous, what does that mean for litigation in the Untied States where millions of young girls have received the shot? It will not be the litigation avalanche that you suspect.
Chances are that you might not be familiar with the which created the Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims otherwise known as the “.” In essence, the Vaccine court was created to shield vaccine manufacturers from federal and state court litigation.
While the Vaccine court has, , made sizeable awards to children injured from vaccines, the is “a no-fault compensation scheme” which gives cover for Big Pharma to disclaim that theirs vaccines are actually dangerous.
As for Gardasil, the Vaccine court has already paid out concerning that drug (including two claims which resulted in death). The Vaccine court has also in cases for vaccine-induced autism – something the drug giants tell us is just a medical fairytale. Likewise, the court has handed out for flu shots that have caused Guillain-Barre Syndrome and even death.
In 2011, the the Vaccine court system when challenged, holding that it “reflects a sensible choice to leave complex epidemiological judgments about vaccine design to the FDA and the National Vaccine Program rather than juries.” Put another way, “we think juries are too stupid to figure out if vaccines are really injuring or killing kids.”
Rather than the protection of a Vaccine court, which does little to incentivize the creation of the safest vaccines possible, we need vaccines to be subject to the same jury trial scrutiny that other scientific and medical cases are.
Japan takes a particularly reactive approach to vaccine adverse events. In 2011 Pfizer's ($PFE) Prevnar and Sanofi's ($SNY) ActHIB vaccines were both suspended following the deaths of four children. This week the spotlight is on GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK) and Merck ($MRK).
The Japanese health ministry has told local governments to suspend promotion of Gardasil and Cervarix while it investigates adverse events linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV) shots. As of this week, the vaccines are still freely available, but physicians will stop recommending use of the jabs, at least temporarily. The health ministry decision follows reports of people experiencing severe prolonged pain after receiving the vaccines.
An estimated 3.3 million people have received the HPV vaccines in Japan, almost 2,000 of whom have then reported possible side effects, The Asahi Shimbun reports.
A ministry task force took a closer look at 43 cases but was unable to establish a causal relationship between HPV shots and symptoms of pain or numbness. HPV vaccines have been linked to more side effect reports than other shots approved at the same time, though. For every million vaccinations with Cervarix, Japanese people have reported 241 side effect cases. In contrast, there have been 67 cases per million Japanese encephalitis vaccinations.
The prevalence of side effects--coupled with high-profile cases, such as a girl who lost the ability to walk after receiving Cervarix--prompted the task force to call for further studies. In the meantime, the ministry is withdrawing its recommendation of the vaccine.
"The decision does not mean that the vaccine itself is problematic from the viewpoint of safety. By implementing investigations, we want to offer information that can make the people feel more at ease," task force head Mariko Momoi said. A ministry official told The Japan Times the HPV vaccination rate is certain to drop sharply while the issue is being resolved.
213 Women Who Took Gardasil Suffered Permanent Disability
Naomi Snell, a 28-year-old woman in Melbourne, Australia, is leading a class-action civil lawsuit against drug maker Merck after suffering autoimmune and neurological complications following injections with the HPV vaccine, Gardasil.
After receiving the first of three doses of the vaccine, Naomi suffered convulsions, severe back and neck pain, and lost her ability to walk.
Doctors actually diagnosed her with multiple sclerosis, which was later retracted and labeled a neurological reaction to the vaccine.
Seven other women, who say they have suffered various physical problems, including anaphylaxis and miscarriage, after receiving Gardasil may also join the civil lawsuit, and this is likely only the beginning, as Gardasil is being implicated in a growing number of serious, permanent and sometimes deadly adverse reactions.
Multiple Sclerosis-Like Symptoms and Paralysis Not Unusual After HPV Vaccination
Unfortunately, stories like Naomi's are all too common in relation to Gardasil.
One of the vaccine injury cases featured in the movie The Greater Good is that of Gabi Swank, a 15-year-old honor student who decided to get the Gardasil vaccine after seeing a "Be One Less" Gardasil vaccine advertisement on TV.
Like so many young girls, she wasn't warned about any possible side effects when she got the shots, which are given as a series of three injections.
At the time the documentary was filmed, she had already suffered two strokes and experienced partial paralysis. She also lost part of her vision and today suffers frequent seizures. When she was in high school, many days she had to use a wheelchair to get around school due to muscle pain and chronic fatigue.
A similar reaction happened to 13-year-old Jenny Tetlock, who began seeing signs of trouble just one month after she was vaccinated against the HPV virus. Fifteen months later, a degenerative muscle disease left her nearly completely paralyzed.
Neurological symptoms such as these were also reported in a study done in 2009by neurologist Dr. Ian Sutton. He reported five cases of multiple sclerosis-like symptoms emerging shortly after women received the Gardasil vaccine, noting:
"We report five patients who presented with multifocal or atypical demyelinating syndromes within 21 days of immunization with the quadrivalent human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil. Although the target population for vaccination, young females, has an inherently high risk for MS, the temporal association with demyelinating events in these cases may be explained by the potent immuno-stimulatory properties of HPV virus-like particles which comprise the vaccine."
Further, Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, recently issued an update on adverse reaction reports relating to Gardasil.
The documents obtained from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) detail 26 new deaths reported to the government following HPV vaccination between September 1, 2010 and September 15, 2011. That's 26 reported deaths of young, previously healthy, girls after Gardasil vaccination in just one year.
Other serious side effects reported during that time frame included: