PAO to exclude teachers, health workers in criminal cases over Dengvaxia mess

admin   •   January 16, 2018   •   4696

A health worker injects Dengvaxia

MANILA, Philippines — Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Atty. Persida Acosta has assured teachers and health workers that they will not be included in the criminal charges that they are preparing.

Meanwhile, the PAO forensic expert has discovered severe symptoms among victims of Dengvaxia.

The Public Attorney’s Office is still drafting the criminal complaint against the persons responsible for the Dengvaxia mess.

But even this early, they already cleared the health workers and teachers who help in the inoculation of over 800,000 pupils.

PAO chief Atty. Persida Acosta said they were just deceived that it was for the good of the children.

“We will not charge you because you were only misled because it had the blessings of DOH (Department of Health) then,” said Acosta.

But Acosta assured the persons behind the anti-dengue vaccination program will be held accountable.

“I don’t want to announce yet who will be charged but the public already knew who are liable for the death of these children.

The PAO chief also encouraged health officers to declare the real cause of death in the death certificate whenever a child died of severe dengue.

The PAO forensic laboratory has completed the analysis of seven victims.

According to PAO Forensic Laboratory head, Dr. Erwin Erfe, they found a pattern in the cases of the children from the time they were inoculated with Dengvaxia until they eventually fell sick and died.

“Within the 6 month period after the vaccination, the child will fall sick and eventually died. From the onset of symptoms, until the child dies, it took 12, 24 or 48 hours. It was quick,” said Dr. Erfe.

He found the case of a 13-year old from Balanga, Bataan the most disturbing as the victim died just 12 hours after showing symptoms of dengue.

The victim has severe bleeding in the brain.

He is asking experts to study the case and make a treatment protocol.

“That’s what we are looking at: to save the children will contract the disease in the future. Treatment should be quick as we have seen this is no joke. It’s very strange,” said Erfe.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III encouraged the accusers to produce evidence of the so-called mafia operating inside his agency.

He says they can file charges if indeed they really have evidence to back it up.

Nonetheless, Duque will initiate a probe into the contracts of the previous administration.

Last Saturday, former DOH consultant Dr. Francis Cruz revealed that health officials allegedly conspired and benefited from the purchase of Dengvaxia. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

DOH agrees with FDA decision to ban Dengvaxia in Phl

Maris Federez   •   August 22, 2019

A Filipino nurse prepares to administer an anti-dengue vaccine during a nationwide vaccination at a school in the flood-prone city of Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines, 04 April 2016. (Photoville International / FILE)

The Department of Health (DOH) has rejected the request of Sanofi Pasteur to overturn the decision of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the use of Dengvaxia vaccine in the Philippines.

With this, the DOH approved the ruling of the FDA to permanently revoke the certificate of product registration of Dengvaxia for Sanofi’s failure to submit the necessary post-approval requirements.

“The decision concerns Sanofi’s complete disregard of FDA regulations, which were precisely put in place by law to ensure safety,” DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement.

Although Sanofi was able to submit the first two versions of its risk management plans (RMP), the pharmaceutical company failed to submit the third and final version of the plan.

The DOH said, however, that Sanofi may apply for a new certificate of product registration (CPR) for Dengvaxia but this must be in accordance with the FDA regulations.

“Given that Dengvaxia is an innovative drug, the importance of complying with these post-marketing commitments is critical to public safety,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the department has assured that it continues to address the increasing cases of dengue in the country. /mbmf

Sanofi Pasteur optimistic Dengvaxia will be restored in PH market

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 15, 2019

French Pharmaceutical firm, Sanofi Pasteur expressed optimism that the Dengvaxia vaccine will be restored in the Philippine market.

In a statement, Sanofi Pasteur Philippines General Manager Jean Antoine Zinsou said they are open for a discussion with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health (DOH).

He also clarified that Dengvaxia is safe and effective to use.

According to Zinsou, the said vaccine was only banned in the Philippines because of incomplete documents or due to “administrative consideration.”

“We definitely need to settle this issue. One way to do it is to discuss with FDA and see what is needed to have this revocation lifted,” he said.

Zinsou also said Dengvaxia is registered in 20 countries across the globe and is acknowledged by the United States Food Drug Administration and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Meanwhile, Sanofi agrees with the DOH that Dengvaxia is not a solution to the Dengue epidemic in the country.

READ: Dengvaxia won’t bring dengue cases down – DOH

“The vaccines that we are mentioning is not a solution or a silver bullet for the ongoing outbreak. We are open to any discussion with the health authorities to see what is needed, what do they need for the future,” Zinsou said.

In February this year, the FDA revoked the certificate of product registration of Dengvaxia.

Sanofi already filed an appeal two weeks ago and the DOH will release their decision on the issue on August 19.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

DOH belies bribery allegations by families of Dengvaxia vaccinees

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 12, 2019

Families of children who had Dengvaxia vaccine rally in front of the Department of Health in Manila, 01 October 2018. (Photoville International)

The Department of Health (DOH) has belied the accusation made by families of Dengvaxia vaccinees that they received a P50,000 bribe from the department.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III clarified that the P50,000 financial assistance did not come from the DOH.

“Iyang ayuda na iyan galing iyan sa Office of the President so hindi iyan galing sa DOH. Ito lamang ay dahil sa malasakit ng Pangulong Duterte para sa mga magulang na namatayan at gumastos para sa kanilang wake at paglibing at mga iba pang mga gastusin (That assistance came from the Office of the President, not the DOH. It was borne out of President Duterte’s concern for the parents of alleged Dengvaxia victims who had to pay for the wake, burial and other expenses),” he said.

This was after reports that several families of the Dengvaxia vaccinees are accusing the DOH of bribery after the department has offered them P50,000 financial assistance.

Several of them said they were asked to submit original documents and other information. They think these would be used as evidence in order to bring back the use of Dengvaxia amid the rise of dengue cases.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)


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