Dr. Frist and Big Pharma implicated in autism epidemic
This is just beyond ugly. A new analysis from Pulitzer and Peabody winning investigative reporter John Hanchette, currently of the Niagara Falls Reporter, connects some of the dots linking Big Pharma and future presidential candidate Bill Frist to the vaccine preservative thimerosal, which is being incresingly linked to the current explosion of autism cases in the US and abroad ("If you're in your 20s, you had a 1 in 10,000 chance of ending up autistic. Today, that chance in the United States is about 1 in 166 births, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...")
...after 9/11 [Frist] snuck a provision into the Homeland Security Act that shielded the big pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly -- developer of thimerosal -- from even being subpoenaed in connection to vaccine lawsuits. He claimed he was just trying to protect future research that would protect against bioterrorism. Yeah, sure.
Shortly thereafter, Eli Lilly donated $10,000 to Frist's campaign fund and bought 5,000 copies of the senator's book on bioterrorism. The clause protecting the big drug firm from legal action was repealed in 2003, but Frist was not deterred. Early this year, he attached another section to another anti-terrorism bill which denies compensation to children with vaccine-related brain damage. His office states vaccine-damage lawsuits "are of such magnitude that they could put vaccine producers out of business and limit our capacity to deal with a biological attack by terrorists."
Riiiight. Maybe this is why over the years pharmaceutical companies have donated a total of almost $900,000 to Frist's campaign funds.
This is an important story, and if it's even 1% true, Frist doesn't need to be hounded from office, he needs to be hung.