Medicine: Valueless Vaccines?

Under Food and Drug Administration rules, drugs sold in the U.S. must be both safe and effective. But vaccines, which are active biological materials and come under the jurisdiction of another Department of Health, Education and Welfare agency, the Division of Biologies Standards, appear to have eluded the effectiveness requirement. According to a report by the General Accounting Office, DBS, over many years, has allowed 32 substances including some flu vaccines to be marketed though they were virtually useless. Some may also be dangerous.

Undertaken at the request of Senator Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut, the Accounting Office's report is a damning document....

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