revealed over child vaccine trials
By MOLLY MULDOON
IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
August 29, 2010,
It has emerged that the
Irish government was made aware of the secret vaccine trials at least
six years ago but failed to investigate the issue.
GlaxoSmithkline is the
firm responsible for the controversial vaccine trials on children in
state care during the sixties and seventies in Ireland.
According to the Irish
Independent the giant pharmaceutical firm handed over documents relating
to the drug trials to a public child abuse inquiry in 2004.
pressure from the Irish media, the Department of Health has yet to
reveal details of the drug trials. The Minister for Health, Mary Harney,
is under severe pressure to order a full investigation into the trials.
The trials involved
over 200 infants and babies and were carried out in adoption centers and
children’s residential homes across Ireland. It remains unclear if
parents or guardians consented to the trials or whether the
pharmaceutical company had conformed to the Irish licensing legislation
of that era.
Fine Gael children's
spokesman Charlie Flanagan said, "The Government needs to direct
the commission to hand over this new evidence to be examined by the
Oireachtas Health Committee.
"Then, based on
the outcome of this, a national investigation needs to be held in order
to gauge the extent of the vaccine scandal."
In recent weeks Mari
Steed, a victim of the trials now living in Philadelphia, announced that
she and three other victims are planning to separately sue the Catholic
Religious order because of their facilitation of the trials.
Steed became aware of
her involvement in the trial after she discovered her medical records
while searching for her birth Mother. Her birth mother later confirmed
that she had not given consent for the trials to be carried out on her
here to return to the news page