Friday, October 05, 2007

AIDS Vaccine Went Awfully WRONG!

Merck & Co who tested their one of the latest vaccine in which was related to AIDS, found that the vaccine had instead caused people without AIDS to contract AIDS. They later abandon that vaccine testing programme. Where is the punishment against Merck & Co? They can just go scot free?

If you have watched the movie called Constant Gardener, it depicts the same scenario where international pharmaceutical companies tested their latest products in Kenya which caused many Kenyans to die later on. Africans were used as the guinea pigs or a trial ground. Aren't they humans? In the movie, the government authorities and pharmaceutical companies' officials were implicated but investigators' life were threatened when they wanted to expose the scheme.

Is Merck & Co doing the same thing in Africa now? Or was the movie actually relaying a message behind the movie that in fact, it is happening.

Merck's scheme, called Step, started its trial way back in 2004 and it was tested on 3,000 HIV-negative volunteers that came from ages of 18 and 45 band. Out of a sudden, 24 of the volunteers became infected with HIV, the virus that causes Aids. Another 21 was also infected with AIDS when a dummy version of the jab was given.

So, they were just testing whether their products were effective or not. Why didn't Merck & Co test it in USA first? No talks about compensation to the victims? Those are human beings just like you and me!!
Tags: Merck & Co, Pharmaceutical, Medicine, HIV Virus, AIDS, Africa, Guinea Pig, Trial Ground

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Nastasshea@Nesh said...

Oh dear that's really bad... *sweat*. Where is the justice there? People who went through the test and infected with AIDS... poor people...

05 October, 2007 21:43  
Anonymous cindy said...

Wow, that's really sad....

06 October, 2007 07:15  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

for us - we can only feel sad but no govt or international bodies will voice out????

those are human beings just like u and me. just abandon the testing? what abt compensation?

06 October, 2007 14:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Test subjects agreed to volunteer in the STEP trial. They signed the consent forms and were counseled about AIDS prevention.

When you volunteer for a drug trial, you agree that there may be adverse effects and that the experimental treatment might not work. It has been shown that the vaccine itself does not cause HIV, so the higher number of infected people in the vaccinated group is mostl likely because they engaged in more risky behavior as a result of being engaged in the STEP study.

The data from the study is still being analyzed.

The STEP study was not exclusively conducted in Africa. Merck also enrolled volunteers in North America.

19 October, 2007 17:44  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

so, merck & co. came in to comment at this section. but why did merck & co. signed in as anonymous commenter?

if merck & co. thought that they were thorough in their drug trial, please lead us to a major newspaper or website that has published merck & co. denial on such issues that has implicated merck & co

02 November, 2007 02:34  

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