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Plus Rebuttals from the Author Facebook Page “Eastwind Journals” (no. 201) http://www.sisterraquel.com/2016/12/sanofi By Bernie V. Lopez firstname.lastname@example.org Philippine Daily Inquirer Opinion Writer Permission is granted to re-publish with credits and notification. Disclaimer – the views in this article are the author’s alone. Unsubscribe anytime by email request.
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 *********************************************************** 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.
DR. RUBY DIZON, Medical Director, Sanofi Pasteur Philippines************************************************* 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’.
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By Bernie Lopez Philippine Daily Inquirer contributing columnist firstname.lastname@example.org
HILLARY WILL TRIGGER WORLD WAR III
US politics has reversed. The liberal Democrats have become conservative, the conservative Republican liberal. At first thought, with his wild reckless shoot-from-the-hip comments on the Middle East, and anti-immigrant sentiments, many believed Trump would be the candidate to easily trigger World War III. But then again, Hillary, with her anti-Russian stance, may be a better candidate.
Trump leans towards dialogue with Russia. He wants to distance the US from NATO, which is planning to place more troops and missiles in Poland and the Balkans. On the other hand, Hillary’s first anti-Russian move would be to fulfill NATO plans, the best way to achieve World War III. Russia, extremely nervous of NATO missiles and troops building up near its borders, says it would not back down from any confrontation. There are reports both Russia and the US are planning ‘pre-emptive strikes’. Like a cowboy movie, the fastest gun wins, but there are no winners in a US-Russia war.
FEDERALISM WILL INTENSIFY CORRUPTION A Federal form of government is an American system of governance which will not work for the Philippines. Considering we are in the top five most-corrupt nations worldwide, federalism will decentralize and intensify corruption to the high heavens. Federalism will give local governments independent executive-legislative-judicial branches. They will double to quadruple their spending quickly based on loans from the IMF-World Bank Consortium before their term runs out. Runaway borrowings will dramatically increase our external debt. And the money borrowed will feed local corruption. It is economic suicide. Corrupt forces and the IMF-World Bank are the ultimate beneficiaries of federalism.
The status quo has its weaknesses and defects, but are we willing to risk irreversibly an unpredictable federal government system whose ramifications we know little about, which may be a jump from frying pan to fire?
Like Brexit, no one knows the deep implications of federalism until we get there. Ninety percent of British voters never knew what hit them until it was too late. They were carried away by the pro-exit propaganda blitz with its nationalism rhetoric. Those who knew the real implications were never heard until after the voting. In the same way, the pro-feds will launch a propaganda blitz for their own selfish benefits. And voters will react in the same way, ignorant of the reality and unpredictability of federalism.
I understand the sentiments of the Mindanao people and Duterte about the “hegemony of Manila”, which has been ‘fleecing’ and ‘impoverishing’ resource-rich Mindanao. But federalism may not be the solution but the problem at this time. Corruption will undermine federalism and divert Mindanao resources to corrupt power politicians. The absolute pre-requisite to good governance is no or little corruption. We are not there yet. Federalism is dangerous.
WHY LLDA CAN’T FULFILL DUTERTE’S LAGUNA LAKE VISION As soon as Duterte announced his dream that Laguna Lake had to be developed into an economic model, the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), within days, issued a press release saying they needed half a billion pesos to do it. LDDA is not in a position to fix Laguna Lake. Why?
First, in the last few decades, LLDA has been collecting millions in ‘environmental fees’ from firms along the Laguna Lake shore, numbering about 350 a decade ago. Yet LLDA has done very little to rehabilitate the lake. Where did the money go? LLDA has to give an accounting of this money before they are given more. Greenpeace quoted LLDA as saying the lake will die in five years (by 2012) if no rehab is done. Rehab will cost billions at this late stage when nothing substantial has been done, or cumulative pollution through the decades may be impossible to reverse. Laguna Lake is a ticking environmental time bomb because the 220-km. lakeshore population is a staggering 15 million in 2010 (NSO). Household waste accounted for 77%. Greenpeace reports that shore towns have been dumping garbage in landfills very near the shores, defying ordinances banning it. Laguna Lake is fed by 22 major tributaries in a massive 45,000 sq. km. catchment area, which hosts many export processing zones, some having semiconductor and other polluting firms. Heavy metals from industrial sites have settled on the lake bed cumulatively through the decades, which may be impossible or expensive to rehab this late.
Maynilad, which taps 100 million liters of water a day from Laguna Lake, may want to look for alternative water sources. It experienced a ‘manganese surge’ in water supplied to 1.2 million consumers at the peak of El Nino in April 2016. Prior to that, they rationed water due to red tide.
BREXIT BLUNDER – IGNORANCE OF THE ISSUE IS NO EXCUSE
Many say it is the greatest blunder of the century, to isolate one’s self in a period when globalization is intensifying, when partnership and coalition are critical for economic survival. Ninety percent of British voters never really knew what Brexit was all about when they voted. The implications were gradually seen later – massive hemorrhages in international trade and banking. They were instead immersed in a media barrage of rhetoric on misplaced nationalism and independence. To think that in this greatest blunder of the century, the exit votes beat the no-exit by a hair.
Bernie V. Lopez, email@example.com Philippine Daily Inquirer contributing columnist-feature writer, blogger, Filipino senior columnist in the last 20 years, former Radio-Veritas and GNN broadcaster, former documentary producer-director for ABS-CBN, GMA7, and TVS of Tokyo, and former Ateneo University professor.
**************** eastwind Meditation Corner
**************** for every dunkirk there is a normandy for every pearl harbor a hiroshima for every 9/11 a thousand killer drones ten eyes for an eye, a pail of tears for a tear yet, vengeance is Mine, says the Lord
**************** when you get to the top by stepping on others you will discover that there is nothing up there except emptiness and desolation but if you help people along your way to the top you will notice that there is nothing up there except their support and your inner peace
**************** My kingdom is not found in lofty mountains or lush valleys but in hungry beggars reaching out a hand to you in dark nooks of despair and distress where you can bring a glimmer of My Light and hope for Me
**************** you do not need a palace to be happy you do not need fame to be fulfilled you can live in the middle of nowhere with inner peace, and not feel alone all you need are - simplicity – sincerity – serendipity
Some people say there are no solutions. It is a dilemma. Others say yes there is, but it entails this change of heart among all stakeholders. It is a test for Mankind not to self-destruct, to transform the cycle of hate into forgiveness. Can old wounds heal? Can forgiveness restore what hatred consumed?
Some say it is impossible, arguing that hate-filled terrorists will never have a change of heart. But are we not ourselves also hate-filled, sending drones and airstrikes to massacre their innocent just as they massacre our innocent? Together, we hold the fate of humanity in our hands, all of us together. A photo that went viral in the Internet of the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq, the ‘US torture chamber’, which had a dramatic impact on the rapid global Islamic radicalization, one cigarette butt burning the vast rainforest. Iraqi prisoners subjected to humiliation and rape.
On Forgiveness we are all in the ‘pre-departure area’ no exceptions, it is just a matter a time if you knew you would die tomorrow you would forgive the most unforgiveable sin against you ******************* the father forgave his prodigal son who squandered his wealth on wine and women because he looked beyond the evil deed overwhelmed with love and compassion with the prospects of renewal and rebirth ******************* forgiveness heals, hatred consumes forgiveness strengthens, hatred weakens forgiveness renews, hatred destroys forgiveness gives peace, hatred brings war ***************** Lord teach me Your ways turn my hatred into forgiveness my anger into patience my indifference into sensitivity my selfishness into generosity my arrogance into humility Lord give me Your light let me not grope in darkness eastwind and Jesus said – her sins as many as they are are forgiven because she has loved much Luke 7:44- amdg