Sanofi Pasteur Wants Liability Protection for Vaccinating Pregnant Women

Sanofi Pasteur Wants Liability Protection for Vaccinating Pregnant Women

By Kelli Ann Davis

Today, during the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2nd National Stakeholder Meeting on the Review of Priorities in the National Vaccine Plan, Stanley Plotkin, Executive Advisor to the CEO of Sanofi Pasteur and Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania made a startling revelation: Sanofi Pasteur is lobbying members of the Senate for liability protection.

According to Plotkin, Sanofi Pasteur is concerned about the “legal issue of vaccinating while pregnant” and feels it is “important to keep non-negligence issues” out of the tort system; he stated, “it needs to be addressed” and then went on to say, “I don’t know how it should be done but it needs to be addressed considering what’s happening recently.”


2 Responses

  1. When THE VACCINE INJURY COMPENSATION PROGRAM came into being in 1986, vaccine manufacturers were given a comfy cushion of protection. Today’s parents, however, are once again standing up and taking a stand on their terms. With the flu vaccines being recommended to pregnant women- the reality is, we’re not only vaccinating the woman, we’re vaccinating the unborn baby.

  2. I have been following your blog for awhile now. Thank you for your clarity.

    I think that we are moving in a dangerous direction when legalese on paper which few consumers would bother to read would allow companies off the hook from producing tested, safe, and effective vaccines. Full disclosure is not a bad thing. But when companies can lobby themselves into an “out” who is watching the consumers backs?

    Instead of an effort to cover themselves they should be working diligently toward producing the safest and most effective product as consumers demand. At this point, we deserve full disclosure about antivirals, and antibiotics as well.

    We all should have autonomy about what we take in to our bodies. Without willing transparency and strict supervision I begin to have trust issues.

    I am still not convinced the vaccines themselves are at fault but it is the multishot visits to the doc that may be the problem.

    A move toward liability protection causes me to wonder why this sudden need? With other generations of vaccine technology on the horizon this is even more important.

    Thank you for your diligence.

    All the best,

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