A formal investigation has been launched by French authorities against two managers from drug companies GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur. A second investigation for manslaughter has also been opened against Sanofi Pasteur MSD.
The investigations are in response to allegations that the companies failed to fully disclose side effects from an anti-hepatitis B drug used between 1994 and 1998.
Close to two-thirds of the French population received these shots during this time, and almost all newborn babies received a hepatitis B vaccine. The vaccination campaign was halted after concerns rose over the shot’s side effects.
Thirty plaintiffs, including the families of five people who died after the vaccination, have launched a civil action in the case against the drug companies.
Unfortunately lawsuits like these couldn’t happen in America because vaccine lobbyists worked to have it illegal for you to sue vaccine manufacturers for these deaths.
There aren’t too many industries out there that are above the law… so why do American vaccine manufacturers get this privilege?
SOURCE: Reuters, Feb 1, 2008