Testimony Against SF 2841-Minnesota – Preschool Socioemotional Screening–Karen Effrem, MD.

I am here in vigorous opposition to SF 2841 that would implement mental health screening for three-year-old children entering public school. Continue reading →

Thalidomide Litigation — Grünenthal Intimidation — Landmark Settlement

1967-1968: Grünenthal executives were put on trial in Aachen, Germany The indictment charged the company with intent to commit bodily harm and involuntary manslaughter.  The central defendant was Dr. Heinrich Mückter, an indicted Nazi war criminal, who was the company’s chief scientist . . . Continue reading →

“From the Holocaust to Thalidomide: A Nazi Legacy”

“How Men Who Blighted Lives of thousands Evaded Justice.” The post-WWII horror story of thalidomide begins in the picture-book town of Stolberg, near Aachen, in western Germany, with the establishment of Chemie Grünenthal, a Wirtz family-owned pharmaceutical company. After WWII, Nazi scientists stared . . . Continue reading →

Behind the Smokescreen: Conditional Approval for Anthrax Vaccine Trial in Children

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The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released its “[ ] Pediatric Research on Medical Countermeasures” Report and recommendations, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The Report and the Commission Chair, Dr. Amy Gutmann, who presided over a press teleconference took . . . Continue reading →

Psychiatric Treatment to Prevent Teen Suicide Found Useless

January 8, 2013 Study Questions Effectiveness of Therapy for Suicidal Teenagers By BENEDICT CAREY Most adolescents who plan or attempt suicide have already received at least some mental health treatment, raising questions about the effectiveness of current approaches to helping troubled youths, . . . Continue reading →

Anthrax Vaccine: history, excessive stockpile & the human and Financial Costs

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Anthrax Vaccine:  Its checkered history, excessive stockpile and the human and financial costs By Meryl Nass, MD* The current vaccine (Biothrax, manufactured by Emergent Biosolutions or EBS) has never been proved effective in humans. One human trial took place in the 1950s . . . Continue reading →