MMR Doctor ‘Planned to Make Millions,’ Journal Claims
BMJ Reveals How the Doctor Who Claimed There Was a Link Between Vaccines and Autism Planned to Cash In
Deals Could Have Netted Millions continued...
A further claim in the BMJ article is the existence of a business, named after Wakefield’s wife, which was intended to develop his own "replacement" vaccines, diagnostic testing kits, and other products which only stood any real chance of success if public confidence in the MMR vaccine was damaged.
Thanks to the recent publication of the General Medical Council’s hearings transcript, the BMJ has been able to peer-review and check Deer’s findings and confirm extensive falsification in the Lancet paper.
"We had access to a six million word transcript of the General Medical Council, which laid out all these children’s medical [records] in extraordinary detail and in exceptional certain forensic circumstances,” Deer tells WebMD. “It enabled us to do a reliable case-by-case comparison of what the true position was with regards to the histories and diagnosis of these children and what Wakefield had reported in the Lancet.”
Legacy of a Health Scare
The damage done to childhood vaccination rates is still being felt in the U.S. and U.K. MMR vaccination rates in the U.S. are still below the 95% level recommended by the World Health Organization.
In 2008, for the first time in 14 years, measles was declared endemic in England and Wales. The BMJ says hundreds of thousands of children in the U.K. are unprotected as a result of the scare.
Despite being stripped of his medical and academic credentials, Wakefield continues to defend his reputation. Last week, in response to the first part of the BMJ investigation, he said his work had been "grossly distorted”. He told CNN that he had been the target of "a ruthless, pragmatic attempt to crush any attempt to investigate valid vaccine safety concerns."