FDA Petition Concerning
the Anthrax Vaccine
Are you aware of the FDA Petition concerning the Anthrax Vaccine?
With the recent attacks of the anthrax mailings, we should all be concerned that this is yet another vaccine to add to the list of many more to come. This vaccine was issued during the Gulf War. This vaccine is now mandatory for all military, with many members leaving the service, ill or facing court-marial. Many federal workers have been given the vaccine and is now being offered to the postal workers. Preliminary results of a recent unpublished study of infants born to women in the U.S. military service worldwide in 1998 and 1999 suggest that the vaccine may be linked with an increase in the number of birth defects Now the manufacturer has been given approval by the FDA. The new name of this vaccine is now called BioThraxT.
In a hearing before congress, Dr. JOHNSON-WINEGAR states, "We certainly view most of these vaccines in three tiers, tier 1 being the military, the core military, whether that is active duty or active duty and Reserve, I defer to people who have expertise in that area. The second area would be our allies and host nation civilians and certainly critical DOD civilians would be the second tier. And the third tier would be something larger that could extend potentially to the entire population of the United States. Also in that second tier I would include people that we classify as the first responders, the police, the fire, the medical people who would be the ones to come and respond to an incident."
The absence of valid statistical data has been a stumbling block for those interested in understanding how safe - or unsafe - the anthrax vaccine really is. Now, the patients themselves are initiating scientific studies to gather the information. Women appeared to experience a higher systemic rate than men. We would like your support and forward this to anyone on your list. Directions are listed below. Thank you for your time in this crucial matter.
The writers of this petition are experts on the AVIP. If you have any questions, you may contact: Major Tom Rempfer (USAFR) at 860-668-1512, or 1513 Major Russ Dingle (USAFR) at 860-568-8767
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This petition is a valid and legal instrument that has been filed with FDA. It seeks action by the FDA commissioner concerning the anthrax vaccine. By law, FDA is required to respond to this petition. Their response to our requests then becomes their legally binding position on the anthrax vaccine.
All that you need to do is write something on the order of "I support this petition, docket number 01P-0471" Of course, more detailed comments are welcome. (Emphasis in future docket entries should be placed on the verification by GAO in their 23 OCT 01 testimony to Congress of the unapproved manufacturing changes to the anthrax vaccine filters, and the subsequent unreported chemical changes caused as a result.)
Below is a summary of the petition. To read the Citizen Petition in full please go to .Anthrax Vaccine Risks (the petition is above the web site counter)
Here you will also be able to read official documents of the General Accounting Office (GAO) Reports (the latest 10/01: Changes to the Manufacturing Process), FDA Reports and Congressional Testimony.
*When corresponding to the FDA please use the address below and insert in the subject area the following:
Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: Docket No. 01P-0471
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A. Action requested
Other links of important interest:
The new package insert of the Anthrax Vaccine (Now called BioThraxT) SEE: http://www.fda.gov/cber/label/biopava0131022LB.pdf
Anthrax Vaccine Network - Anthrax Heros. Please read their stories, and please pass these stories along to everyone you know. We are grateful for your interest and concern.