December 2016


Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry21 Dec 2016 03:48 am

SANOFI’S REPLY TO ACCUSATIONS OF MEDDLING * dengue vaccine row

SANOFI’S REPLY TO ACCUSATIONS OF MEDDLING
On Dengue Vaccine Controversy
Plus Rebuttals from the Author
 
Facebook Page “Eastwind Journals(no. 201)
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2016/12/sanofi
 
By Bernie V. Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
Philippine Daily Inquirer Opinion Writer
 
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READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE ACCUSING SANOFI OF MEDDLING
If you have not read it yet, published as a Letter to the Inquirer Editor, Dec 10, 2016
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2016/12/doh-yields
 
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SANOFI’S REPLY TO THE ACCUSATION OF MEDDLING
Plus Rebuttals from the Author (on portions in RED ALL CAPS)
 
Sent (to author thru Ms. Khristine Cabanayan’s email address) on behalf of Dr. Ruby Dizon, Sanofi Pasteur Medical Director
 

Dear Mr. Lopez,

Sanofi Pasteur wishes to clarify and correct the comments on the dengue vaccine’s safety and the process of obtaining its license in the Philippines mentioned in your Letter to the Editor which was published in Philippine Daily Inquirer on December 10, 2016.

Vaccines are developed through a process of rigorous scientific testing, clinical evidence of safety and efficacy that follow international good research and science practice and is highly regulated by national and international bodies including ethics committees and the global vaccine expert committees reporting to the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION. In the case of the dengue vaccine this encompassed two decades of scientific innovation and collaboration, 25 clinical studies in 15 countries throughout Asia and Latin America involving more than 40,000 people. THE VACCINE HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED TO BE EFFECTIVE AT PROTECTING TWO-THIRDS OF INDIVIDUALS (66%) AGED NINE YEARS AND OLDER against dengue over the 25 month follow up phase of the efficacy studies. This clinical evidence on the dengue vaccine was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in July 2015 also reporting 1that the vaccine provides even greater protection against severe dengue (93%) and can prevent 80% of hospitalizations due to dengue in the study population 9 years and older over the 25 month follow-up period. As you may be aware, it is hospitalization and severe disease due to dengue that leads to the bulk of the human and economic burden of this disease in dengue-endemic countries like the Philippines.

Based on the PUBLISHED SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL EVIDENCE on this vaccine we want to assure the public that the dengue vaccine is safe and effective.

We also want to reiterate that SANOFI PASTEUR ALWAYS OBSERVES ALL LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL LAW AND REGULATION WHEN SEEKING APPROVAL OF ITS VACCINES. Our company registers vaccines with governments all over the world and we have a highly regulated compliance process we follow which ensures we follow all local and international laws governing access to medicines.

DISCUSSIONS  BETWEEN SANOFI AND THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN ONGOING SINCE 2010 after promising results of the early studies on the dengue vaccine prompted meetings with FDA to share the potential breakthrough.

In 2014, after Sanofi presented the results of Phase III Clinical trials of the dengue vaccine in Asia (CYD 14), then DOH Secretary Ona called a press conference the following day to share this breakthrough in which he said, “These results are of great public health importance due to the high incidence of dengue and its disruptive effect on the health system. This vaccine should significantly contribute to achieving the Global Strategy for Dengue Prevention and Control Goals set by the WHO, which is 50% mortality reduction and 25% morbidity reduction by 2020.”

The initial dossier containing THE SCIENTIFIC, CLINICAL AND TEST DATA WAS SUBMITTED TO THE FDA IN JANUARY 2015.  THE DECISION WAS NOT TAKEN UNTIL DECEMBER 2015 AFTER STUDY AND CONSIDERATION BY OFFICIALS.  While the Philippines was the first country in Asia to license the vaccine and second in the world (to Mexico), THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE APPROVED THE VACCINE HAS CONTINUED TO GROW.  IT HAS NOW BEEN APPROVED IN 13 COUNTRIES - Mexico, Philippines, Brazil, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia.

The vaccine is currently being used in public programs in two countries and in the private market in nine countries. In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a position paper in July recommending the use of the vaccine as an integral part of comprehensive dengue prevention measure in areas where the disease is highly endemic following more than 2 year review of the documentation on the vaccine.

We regret any controversy which diverts attention away from the principal purpose of the vaccine and our program with the Philippine government – TO SAVE LIVES and reduce the social, medical and financial impact of this disease on the people of the Philippines. The approved dengue vaccine, which is endorsed for use in public immunization programs in highly endemic settings like the Philippines by the WHO, is being administered today in three regions of the PH and the program will be expanded to a fourth region as stated by the DOH in Congress. It is imperative that these school children who are receiving the vaccine and their families be reassured about the safety of the vaccine by BALANCED COVERAGE OF THIS TOPIC IN THE MEDIA and responsible, evidence-based statements by members of the Philippine medical community.

For the first time Dengue is now a vaccine-preventable disease. At Sanofi Pasteur, we believe in a world in which no one suffers or dies from a vaccine-preventable disease.  We will continue to work collaboratively and transparently with the Philippines government and public health community to achieve this vision.

Respectfully yours,

DR. RUBY DIZON, Medical Director, Sanofi Pasteur Philippines

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REBUTTALS FROM THE AUTHOR TO DR. DIZON OF SANOFI
 

Dear Dr. Dizon,

You did not answer many questions I raised in the article. Those marked in RED ALL CAPS are quotes from your reply, followed by my response. Author Bernie V. Lopez

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.

Many articles in the Internet say that WHO is sometimes unfairly biased in favor of pharmaceutical multinationals, many of which give funds to WHO.

THE VACCINE HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED TO BE EFFECTIVE AT PROTECTING TWO-THIRDS OF INDIVIDUALS (66%) AGED NINE YEARS AND OLDER.

This percentage is not good enough. Some older malnourished kids may have weaker immunity systems against the vaccine’s bad effects than younger ones. Is there in fact a gray area where it is dangerous for children above 9 and safe for children below 9? Why 9? Is this absolute?

PUBLISHED SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL EVIDENCE.

Please post your evidence in the mass media, so we can question it. The New England Journal of Medicine featuring your tests is not mass media and hard to find.

SANOFI PASTEUR ALWAYS OBSERVES ALL LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL LAW AND REGULATION WHEN SEEKING APPROVAL OF ITS VACCINES.

Did Sanofi, directly or indirectly, talk to Congressmen in the House Appropriations Committee, officials of the FDA and the DOH? Why did the DOH Secretary suddenly reverse her stand from against to in favour of Dengvaxia. Did Sanofi have a role in this?

DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN SANOFI AND THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT HAVE BEEN ONGOING SINCE 2010.

Is it not highly irregular for Sanofi to be a direct supplier of Dengvaxia to the Department of Health, not passing through a distributor? Are there potential conflicts of interest or secret deals to be avoided?

THE SCIENTIFIC, CLINICAL AND TEST DATA WAS SUBMITTED TO THE FDA IN JANUARY 2015.  THE DECISION WAS NOT TAKEN UNTIL DECEMBER 2015 AFTER STUDY AND CONSIDERATION BY OFFICIALS.

News articles accused the Philippine FDA of a quick midnight decision before the 2016 Philippine Presidential election, about a medicine whose safety is being questioned in Western countries. Did FDA approve Dengvaxia based on your clinical tests rather than theirs? Tests done by Sanofi are not independent, can be biased, and are inadmissible.

THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE APPROVED THE VACCINE HAS CONTINUED TO GROW.  IT HAS NOW BEEN APPROVED IN 13 COUNTRIES.

Except for Singapore, these are all Third World countries, which are prone to succumb to multinational pressures. Dengvaxia is so expensive, only governments can afford to buy them, because it is the only existing dengue vaccine worldwide? Even as a global monopoly, can you not lower your price to a reasonable amount for Third World countries as a humanitarian gesture? Even 50% of the price of 3,000 to 5,000 pesos per person ($75 to $100) is still too much. You are bleeding Third World governments for your windfalls.

TO SAVE LIVES.

Saving lives and raising alarm is not an excuse for monopolistic prices.

BALANCED COVERAGE OF THIS TOPIC IN THE MEDIA.

Your expensive PR campaign has come up with many pro-dengvaxia television interviews and articles. Your voice is louder than ours who protest. This is not ‘balanced coverage’.

Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

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PRAYER FOR PEACE
 
Lord, teach us and our enemies
the virtue of forgiveness and good will
to break the vicious cycle
of hate and vengeance
 
inside all of us a battle rages
between good and evil
between love and hate
between satan and the Lord
 
a green plant sprouts from the arid sand
symbol of hope and life
a black hole is dug to defend against predators
symbol of despair and death
life has a mission before it is overwhelmed by death
 
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eastwind journals21 Dec 2016 02:16 am

DOH YIELDS TO CONGRESS DENGUE VACCINE BLACKMAIL * It’s Official, US Recession is Here

DOH YIELDS TO CONGRESS DENGUE VACCINE BLACKMAIL
Vaccine Maker SANOFI Accused of Meddling in Inquirer Letter to the Editor
 
Facebook Page “Eastwind Journals(no. 200)
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2016/12/doh-yields
 
By Bernie V. Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
Philippine Daily Inquirer Opinion Writer on Geopolitics
 
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Philippine Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial, newly appointed by President Duterte, was, initially against the use of the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, produced by SANOFI, but changed her mind after the House Appropriations Committee threatened to reduce her department budget, as reported by the National Committee on Urban Pest Control (NCUPC). Duterte has alerted his agencies – the DENR, DOH, DA, and DBM to act on the NCUPC reports, but there are still no reactions as of this writing. SANOFI’s reply to the author’s Letter to the Inquirer Editor accusing it of meddling (December 10, 2016) is shown below.
 
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Dengvaxia is manufactured by Sanofi, a giant French multinational. According to the Scientific-American, Dengvaxia is not a total cure. It simply reduces “the chances of developing the disease by about 60%”. Also, it is “approved for use (only) in people 9 to 45 years old. If it is not safe for certain ages, then its entire safety is questionable. Sanofi’s claim that it is ‘safe’ based on 3 phases of clinical tests, whose details were undisclosed, is questionable. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must make the tests, not the makers.
 
Dengvaxia, a worldwide monopoly, costs a staggering Php3,000 to Php5,000 per person. Sanofi has an ingenious marketing strategy for such a highway robbery. They sell to Third World governments which are easy to ‘convince’ to allocate big budgets. Thus, the DOH has a whopping Php3 billion vaccine program. To complete the stranglehold, Sanofi has no local distributors and deals directly with DOH, says NCUPC. The P3-billion DOH dengue program targets mostly just Grade Four students. How about the rest? More budget?
 
How a foreign multinational has so much power to influence government health policies is appalling. So far, Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines are the first victims, with India coming up next. In the US, there are many vaccine controversies. (Read more – 1-pre-school, 2-baby-dies, 3-respiratory, 4-cant-be-sued.) 
 
Environmentalists argue that attacking the mosquito is cheaper and more effective than attacking the virus with a questionable vaccine. Local fumigants cost as little as Php600 per barangay, like the one offered by Mapecon.
 
Sanofi also has tentacles in the FDA, which approved the Dengvaxia license in a midnight decision just before the 2016 elections, says NCUPC. Tests normally take years. Does our FDA approve without tests if the US FDA approves, not knowing that it is also controlled by pharmaceutical giants? 
 
We are calling on President Duterte to investigate the congressional blackmail, and to compel the DOH to suspend the use of Dengvaxia until further studies and tests. Our health decisions must be made by us, not by foreign multinationals looking for sudden windfalls.
 
Bernie V. Lopez eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
 
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VACCINE MAKER SANOFI REPLIES TO THE ABOVE ARTICLE
As Published in a Letter to the Inquirer Editor
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2016/12/sanofi
 
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POWERFUL VIDEO ON THE DANGERS OF VACCINES
http://vaccineliberationarmy.com/2016/12/17/laura-hayes-age-autismmother-injured-children-fabulous-speaker/
 
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BREAKING NEWS – IT’S OFFICIAL, U.S. RECESSION IS HERE
MANY ECONOMIC ANALYSTS SAY
IT IS NOT JUST RECESSION BUT TOTAL COLLAPSE
AND SOONER THAN WE THINK.
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article57851.html
 
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eastwind journals20 Dec 2016 08:06 pm

TEAR-JERKER FIVE-STAR CHRISTMAS CAROLS –

TEAR-JERKER FIVE-STAR CHRISTMAS CAROLS –
 
5 Stars *****
01 Glee – God rest ye merry gentlemen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOH4NDw0ilc
02 enya – adeste fidelis (o come all ye faithful)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xqJ1pBD98c
03 lindsey stirling – violin – what child is this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A3i0GATnRI
04 mormon tabernacle choir – o come all ye faithful (adeste fidelis)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPPRtLZ-amc
05 carlton forrester – piano – what child is this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTlYGBmdddM

 

4 Stars **** old
06 nat king cole – chestnuts roasting on an open fire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhzxQCTCI3E
07 bing Crosby – i’ll be home for christmas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL71eMc1blw
08 frank Sinatra – have yourself a merry little christmas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ6yQgBvuoI
09 johnny mathis – silver bells
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty9qvNkdNG8
10 Julie Andrews – it came upon a  midnight clear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwBajJ3ZFVo

 

4 Stars **** new
11 charice pempengco – oh holy night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqOTgXj3p4s
12 carrie underwood – do you hear what I hear?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad7KU9bCTAM
13 the norman luboff choir – the little drummer song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MywzlJajgaw
14 mormon channel – o little town of Bethlehem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj2fwME46GM
15 17 lindsey stirling – violin – silent night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmvwWxzg3lc

 

3 Stars ***
16 nat king cole – the first noel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0S7yz2jTq0
17 mormon channel – hark the herald
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFjMPaOBzXc
18 joy to the world Mormon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLT9dSt8cwg
19 lindsey stirling – silent night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmvwWxzg3lc
20 ray conniff – 12 days of christmas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65-DGMWGDFo

 

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eastwind journals10 Dec 2016 09:24 pm

ME pipeline wars triggered refugee crisis * SSS milking small people

M.E. PIPELINE WARS TRIGGERED REFUGEE CRISIS
SSS MILKING SMALL PEOPLE
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2016/12/m-e-pipeline
 
Facebook Page “Eastwind Journals” (no. 198)
 
By Bernie V. Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
Opinion Writer on Geopolitics, Philippine Daily Inquirer
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SSS MILKING SMALL PEOPLE
 
The SSS, recently submitted for Duterte’s approval a P1,000 increase for pensioners this year and another P1,000 in 2022. SSS officials and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno however fear that there must be a quid pro quo, an equivalent increase in payments of 1.5% from its 33 million members, so the pension fund would not be depleted dramatically. The 1.5% increase translates into tens of billions of pesos, way above the amount lost to pension hikes. Diokno proposed that such payments can only be increased after a tax break that would enable members to pay the increase. It is like the SSS “stealing” from the BIR. A congressman said the SSS figures justifying increase in payments is questionable.
 
Before such payment increases are implemented, the SSS has to first wash its dirty linens. SSS Executive Director Emilio Dequeros, Jr. and his Board had bonuses up to a staggering 10M approved by Noynoy. SSS promised to give adjustments to members whenever there were wage hikes passed by law, as in 2000, but such adjustments were never paid. SSS has been accused of mismanaging and diverting funds. For example, do they end up as campaign funds? SSS is reputed to be one of the most corrupt government agencies. The SSS in the US helps people, but in the Philippines it fleeces people. Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com.

 

M.E. PIPELINE WARS TRIGGERED REFUGEE CRISIS * energy geopolitics
 
If you see the complex labyrinth of oil-gas pipelines flowing from the Middle East to the EU, you will see that the region is infested with energy wars, which are related to the flow of refugees from war zones. Energy is the ultimate catalyst for wars and refugees. (Sources of pipeline maps – Wikipedia search for “pipeline maps middle east”, click “images”).

It was Qatar which started the Syrian War. Angered by Assad refusing access for its pipeline to the EU, Qatar funded the ISIS to destroy Assad. The wars in Yemen and Nigeria are a product of governments and their oil multinational partners enriching themselves and leaving bread crumbs for the poor populace, triggering the rise of rebels.

These energy wars are causing in the EU-US the rapid flow of refugees and the escalating growth of terrorism. Everything is inter-related. Like water seeking the tiniest crevice, war has a way of spreading across the globe. The refugee crisis is catalyzing internal civil wars in the EU-US host countries between pro- and anti-refugees. Intense counter-terrorism efforts are affecting the lives of ordinary citizens. All these are bad karma spreading out. Only good karma can neutralize bad ones, but there is little around. Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

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