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Media coverage of HPV vaccine increased reports of adverse events – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 15th, 2017.

Some of the adverse events reported after the rollout of the HPV vaccine in New Zealand are likely to have been related to news coverage rather than the vaccine itself, according to a new Australian study.  Looking at the past seven years, the researchers found that whenever news coverage spiked, the following month saw the […]

European Court of Justice ruling on vaccines – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 22nd, 2017.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that national courts can decide that vaccines can cause adverse reactions, even in the absence of scientific evidence. The ruling follows a case of a French patient who was vaccinated against hepatitis B in 1998 and developed multiple sclerosis a year later. Prior to his death in 2011, […]

Man dies after taking clinical trial drug- Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on January 18th, 2016.

A man died today after several days in a brain-dead state, after having an adverse reaction to a drug taken as part of clinical trial to establish the safety of the compound. The drug in question was a FAAH (Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase) inhibitor, manufactured by the Portuguese company Bial as a potential pain treatment. […]

CAM therapies associated with adverse events in children

Peter Griffin posted in on January 10th, 2011.

A paper published recently in the Archives of Disease in Childhood has shown that the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for children may not be as harmless as many think. The paper, which looked at CAM-associated adverse events in Australia between January 2001 and December 2003, found 39 adverse events: among them, 64% […]

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