Health dept de­mands P1.4-B re­fund

Manila Times - - FRONT PAGE - Re­fundA2

THE De­part­ment of Health (DoH) on Fri­day Pas­teur for its stock of anti-dengue vac­cines, and asked the French phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal gi­ant to pay for test­ing on in­oc­u­lated in­di­vid­u­als.

The Health de­part­ment made the de­mand Thomas Tri­om­phe, for all un­used vials of bil­lion or $27.8 mil­lion.

than 830,000 in­di­vid­u­als in­oc­u­lated with the vac­cine us­ing a newly de­vel­oped test to de­ter­mine their pre-vac­ci­na­tion sta­tus, at no cost to the Philip­pine gov­ern­ment.

The DoH also re­quested doc­u­ments on all clin­i­cal tri­als and other stud­ies in­volv proof that these have passed ethics re­view stan­dards of the Philip­pine Coun­cil for Health Re­search and De­vel­op­ment.

- ment, Sec­re­tary Fran­cisco Duque 3rd said.

Pas­teur ag­gres­sively pro­moted and sold to the Philip­pine Gov­ern­ment has un­de­ni­ably and safety claims, hence, con­sid­ered de­fec

Ear­lier, Duque said that based - mi­ol­ogy Bureau, there were four cases out of 17 deaths due to

Other cases of deaths of chil­dren were due to other ill­nesses or other com­pli­ca­tions.

How­ever, Duque said there was still no con­clu­sion yet on whether or not the in­oc­u­la­tion

- ver­sity of the Philip­pines and Philip­pine Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal is still eval­u­at­ing the clin­i­cal records of the cases.

The DoH re­it­er­ated that it was will­ing to co­op­er­ate with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­ing con­ducted by the De­part­ment of Jus­tice and would com­ment on the pe­ti­tion for man­damus be­fore the Supreme Court, ask­ing it and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies to pro­vide free med­i­cal services to the vac­ci­nees.

- ter ad­mit­ting that the anti-dengue vac­cine, ad­min­is­tered on about 830,000 in­di­vid­u­als, may cause a more se­vere case of dengue for

The De­part­ment of Health last month sus­pended the dengue im­mu­niza­tion pro­gram based on or­dered the re­call of the medicine the same month.

The gov­ern­ment spent P3.5 bil­lion or around $70.2 mil­lion for the im­mu­niza­tion pro­gram, which be­gan dur­ing the time of Health Sec­re­tary Janette Garin in the Aquino ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Leo­nen to han­dle pe­ti­tion vs Deng­vaxia

The Supreme Court has as­signed a mag­is­trate who will be in charge of a pe­ti­tion of the Gabriela party-list free med­i­cal services and treat­ment to chil­dren in­jected with the con­tro­ver­sial anti- dengue

The case was as­signed to Jus­tice - ducted by the high court.

Leo­nen was an ap­pointee of Pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino 3rd, who has since been dragged into the con­tro­versy over his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ap­proval of the pro­cure­ment of the vac­cine.

Then- Health Sec­re­tary Garin -

In a 42-page pe­ti­tion for man­damus, the court was asked by Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Je­sus and the As­so­ci­a­tion for the Rights of Chil­dren in South­east Asia to di­rect gov­ern­ment agen­cies to pub­licly dis­sem­i­nate on a reg­u­lar ba­sis the re­port of a task force formed and des­ig­nated to mon­i­tor and re­view the school-based im­mu­niza­tion pro­gram in­volv same to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Se­nate Com­mit­tees on Health for mon­i­tor­ing.

Named re­spon­dents to the case are Duque; In­te­rior Act­ing Sec­re­tary Catal­ino Cuy; Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Leonor Bri­ones; Lyn­don Lee Suy, Na­tional Cen­ter for Dis­ease Preven­tion and Con­trol pro­gram di­rec­tor; and Nela Puno, Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion di­rec­tor gen­eral.

The pe­ti­tion­ers also asked that the gov­ern­ment mon­i­tor chil­dren who were in­oc­u­lated with the vac­cine across the coun­try.

The pe­ti­tion­ers also asked that gov­ern­ment agen­cies pro­vide free services in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, med­i­cal check-ups, con­sul­ta­tions, med­i­cal treat­ment and blood tests.

[ Health de­part­ment] will pro­vide mon­e­tary com­pen­sa­tion to those who were in­oc­u­lated - tion­ers main­tain their po­si­tion that mon­e­tary re­wards are not enough to com­pen­sate for the in­jury brought to them by this also stated.

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