Friday, September 05, 2008


Argentina Investigates Deaths of Vaccinated Children

Argentine authorities are investigating a possible link between the deaths of 14 children and an experimental vaccine they were taking as part of a clinical trial run by GlaxoSmithKline.

The deaths may be tied to the Synflorix vaccine, which is designed to fight pneumonia, ear infections and several other pneumococcal diseases.

A U.S. spokeswoman for GlaxoSmithKline said that the company is not attributing the deaths to the experimental vaccine, which is being tested in three Latin American countries and elsewhere around the world.

Argentine officials report that their national food and drug administration received complaints and witnessed “poor ethical management” regarding the recruitment of babies for the study.
Seattle Times August 14, 2008

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