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Rajat Mukhergee’s New Film Is About How Medicine Kills

India is a popular country for drug companies to conduct clinical trials, primarily because the trials cost almost 60 percent less in India than in the U.S. or Europe. However, according to Mid-Day, another reason is because in India the law only requires them to report deaths if they occur during the actual trials. According to an upcoming film by Rajat Mukhergee, this has allowed vaccines such as Gardasil — which was fast-tracked in America — to enter the market without full accountability for all deaths that may be connected with a drug trial.

This film highlights a question that is asked over and over in America, where anyone who is vaccine injured literally has to fight for compensation, sometimes for years — if they are compensated at all: Does informed consent truly exist? Throughout history we’ve seen cases where the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking was not only challenged but completely ignored — a trend that exists to this day.

To that end, I’m sure we’ll be seeing even more of this, as the 21st Century Cures Act, which was quickly pushed through Congress and became law in December 2016, allows the waiving of the requirement of informed consent for participants in clinical trials if researchers believe an experimental medical device, drug or vaccine being tested poses no more than minimal risk to the patient's health, or if the product being tested is deemed by researchers to be in the best interest of trial participants.

The Act also lowers FDA standards for the quality of evidence that drug companies have to provide to the FDA before drugs and vaccines are licensed and sold in the U.S. In a nutshell, scientists testing pharmaceutical products like vaccines may now choose to experiment on human beings without obtaining informed consent first.

As far as compensation goes, if you’re injured in one of these unnamed trials you don’t know you’re in, or by a vaccine you do take, it’s become quite clear that the U.S. vaccine injury compensation program (VICP) has become more a bureaucratic nightmare than a safeguard, for the most part protecting drug company interests over yours.

With all the uncertainty surrounding the safety and efficacy of vaccines, it's critical to protect your right to make independent health choices and exercise voluntary informed consent to vaccination. It is urgent that everyone in America stand up and fight to protect and expand vaccine informed consent protections in state public health and employment laws. The best way to do this is to get personally involved with your state legislators and educating the leaders in your community.
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