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Posted by Dad on October 30, 2000 at 19:07:45:

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Massive Recall of Mercury Containing Vaccines Requested
Date:
Sun, 29 Oct 2000 00:11:06 EDT
From:
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Subj: [PROVE] Massive Recall of Mercury Containing Vaccines
Requested
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2000 9:40:37 AM
From: prove@vaccineinfo.net
To: Undisclosed-Recipient:@lion.esosoft.net;;

From: prove@vaccineinfo.net (Dawn Richardson)
To: Undisclosed-Recipient:@lion.esosoft.net;;

Dear PROVE Members,
The chairman of the Government Reform Committee of U.S. Congress has
just
asked the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary
to
undertake a massive government recall of over 50 vaccines containing the
mercury preservative Thimerosal. The FDA has ignored his previous
request.

The press release (full text below) can be read at
http://www.house.gov/reform/press/00.10.26.htm.

The letter to Shalala (full text below) can be read at
http://www.house.gov/reform/letters/10.25.00.pdf

The incredible testimony clearly illustrating the risks of mercury in
vaccines that was given at the 7/18/00 Congressional Hearing "Mercury
in
Medicine: Are We Taking Unnecessary Risks?” can be accessed at
http://www.house.gov/reform/hearings/healthcare/00.07.18/index.htm.

Since the Government Reform Committee has oversight of DHHS, you can
help by
writing a quick note to your congressional representative asking him/her
to
contact DHHS and voice their support for the immediate recall of all
mercury
containing vaccines to protect our nation's children. You can let them
know
that the reluctance by federal health officials to recall these vaccines
contributes to a growing erosion of confidence in federal vaccine policy
which currently puts profits ahead of child safety. You can send a quick
email note to your Congressional Representative at
http://www.house.gov/writerep/ .

Sincerely, Dawn Richardson
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http://www.house.gov/reform/press/00.10.26.htm
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM
2157 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON, DC 20515

Press Release
Contact: Josie Duckett
26 October 2000
(202) 225-5074

Chairman Burton Requests Vaccine Recall

Washington, DC - In an October 25, 2000 letter to HHS Secretary Donna
Shalala, Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN), Chairman of the House
Committee on
Government Reform, requested a recall of all vaccines containing
Thimerosal.
The mercury-based product Thimerosal is added to vaccines as a
preservative.

On July 18, 2000 the Committee conducted a hearing entitled,
“Mercury in
Medicine: Are We Taking Unnecessary Risks?” During the hearing,
the FDA
admitted that children are being exposed to unsafe levels of mercury
through
vaccines containing Thimerosal. It was also determined that symptoms of
mercury poisoning mimic symptoms of autism -- a disease that has
reached
epidemic levels in the United States. However, the FDA has chosen to
allow
pharmaceutical companies to merely phase out their use of Thimerosal,
leaving mercury-containing vaccines at public and private health
facilities.

In his letter to Secretary Shalala, Chairman Burton stated:

“We all know and accept that mercury is a neurotoxin, and yet the
FDA has
failed to recall the 50 vaccines that contain Thimerosal...On their own
website, the FDA states, ‘lead, cadmium, and mercury are examples of
elements that are toxic when present at relatively low levels’…

“Our children are the future of this country. As a Government we have
a
responsibility to do everything within our power to protect them from
harm,
including ensuring that vaccines are safe and effective. Every day that
mercury-containing vaccines remain on the market is another day HHS is
putting 8,000 children at risk. Given that Thimerosal-free vaccines are
available, and the known risk of mercury toxicity, to leave
Thimerosal-containing vaccines on the market is unconscionable.”

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http://www.house.gov/reform/letters/10.25.00.pdf

October 25, 2000

The Honorable Donna Shalala, M. D.
Secretary ofHealth and Human Services
Washington, DC 20201


Dear Secretary Shalala:
Pursuant to Rules X and XI ofthe Rules of the House of Representatives,
the
Committee on Government Reform has oversight of the Department of
Health
and Human Services. As you are aware, the Committee is conducting an
oversight investigation into vaccine safety and policy. As part ofthis
investigation a hearing was conducted on July 18 entitled, "Mercury in
Medicine … Are We Talking Unnecessary Risks?" We received very
credible
testimony regarding the similarity between symptoms ofmercury poisoning
and
autism and the continued use of thimerosal containing vaccines.

At the time of that hearing, I requested that the Food and Drug
Administration recall all thimerosal-containing vaccines from the market.
This request was ignored. A petition to the FDA from the parents
ofvaccine-injured children was ignored. Additional scientific data that
has been provided to the FDA regarding the dangers of thimerosal in
vaccines
has been ignored.

I am asking that you personally respond to this request regarding an FDA
recall of thimerosal-containing vaccines.

During a review required by the Food and Drug Modernization Act, it
was
learned that infants receive more mercury in the first six months of life
than is considered safe according to federal guidelines. For a
twelve-to-fourteen month old child receiving vaccines on the Universal
Childhood Immunization Schedule as they are typically delivered (four to
six
shots in one doctors visit), they may receive forty or more times the
amount
ofmercury than is considered safe according to Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) guidelines. The EPA guidelines were confirmed to be
accurate
through an independent evaluation conducted by the National Research
Council
(NRC). The NRC published their mercury report in July.

In testimony to the Committee, the FDA witness stated that each of the
vaccines recommended on the Universal Childhood Imunization Schedule
are now
available for use in a thimerosal free version. While the FDA proposes to
"phase out" thimerosal-containing vaccines over time, I implore you to
conduct a full recall ofthese products. If the only action that HUS takes is
a gradual phase out, children will continue to be put at risk every day.
HHS
is leaving supplies of this toxic substance in doctors' offices, at Public
Health Clinics, and in managed care facilities. These vaccines will
continue
to be injected in children for years to come -putting our nation's most
vulnerable population -our babies -at risk for mercury poisoning.

We all know and accept that mercury is a neurotoxin, and yet the FDA has
failed to recall the 50 vaccines that contain thimerosal. While thimerosal
has previously been ruled by the FDA to fit the "generally recognized as
safe" standard, when the FDA conducted their Over the Counter (OTC)
drug
review they changed their minds. The FDA determined that mercury
compounds
used as active ingredients in OTC drug products were not found to be
"generally recognized as safe." Additionally the FDA has not approved
any
mercury containing compounds as food additives and does not consider
any
mercury containing compounds to be "generally recognized as safe." On
their
own website, the FDA states, "lead, cadmium, and mercury are examples
of
elements that are toxic when present at relatively low levels."

As you know autism rates in this country have skyrocketed. What used to
be a
very rare condition is now occurring in 1 in 500 children nationwide. In
the
sixth district ofIndiana, 1 in 400 children is autistic. In many areas, the
number is as high as 1 in 150 children. The difference in many ofthese
cases
of autism is that the symptoms do not appear at birth, but shortly after the
delivery of shots in the second year of life.

Our children are the future ofthis country. As a Government we have a
responsibility to do everything within our power to protect them from
harm,
including insuring that vaccines are safe and effective. Every day that
these mercury-containing vaccines remain on the market is another day
HHS is
putting 8,000 children at risk. Given that thimerosal-free vaccines are
available, and the known risk of mercury toxicity, to leave
thimerosal-containing vaccines on the market is unconscionable.

The Chair of the Department of History at the University of Kentucky has
provided additional research to the FDA since the July 18 hearing
confirming
the risks of thimerosal.

Each child who is vaccine-injured is a tragedy. From previous
experience, we
know that even when HITS advised health care professionals to avoid
using
oral polio and whole cell pertussis vaccines because ofthe higher rate
ofadverse events, many clinics and doctors continued to use up their
supplies ofthese vaccines ratherthan replace them with safer vaccines.
How
many families were needlessly exposed to live polio and how many
children
suffered seizures and other tragic injuries for the sake of medical profits?
To ignore an avoidable risk and to put 8,000 children a day in harm's way
is
not only inhumane, it may be criminal.

Please personally respond to this request to recall all
thimerosal-containing vaccines by October 31. If you have any questions,
please contact Professional Staff Member, S. Elizabeth Clay at
202-225-5074.

Sincerely,
Dan Burton, Chairman

Cc: Honorable Henry Waxman
Ranking Minority Member

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