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CONGRESS SET TO BAIL OUT BIG PHARMA IN SECRET

EMERGENCY ALERT:  PROTECT YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS

  Senator Bill Frist (R-TN)  confirmed this morning that lawmakers are
trying to sneak language into  an unnamed appropriations bill in the Senate
or House to ban citizens  from going to civil court to sue drug companies
if
they are  injured.

http://www.modbee.com/24hour/politics/story/2905094p-11567706c.html

Behind-the-scenes  action was about to take place WITHOUT PUBLIC DEBATE as a
result of  growing public outrage over S. 1873 sponsored by Senator Richard
Burr  (R-NC) and a similar bill in the House (HR.3970).

     CONTACT YOUR SENATOR AND CONGRESSPERSON

 THE MESSAGE  IS:
 DON'T BAIL OUT BIG PHARMA AND TAKE AWAY MY CIVIL  RIGHTS

Senate:  http://www.senate.gov
House:  http://www.house.gov

  Let them know how you feel about  Congress taking away your civil right
to
exercise the Seventh  Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees every
citizen a day in  court in front of a jury of their peers.

  IMMEDIATELY  CALL AND FAX AS MANY OF THE FOLLOWING SENATORS AS YOU  CAN!

  Ask them to VOTE AGAINST any language that is  attached to any
appropriation or other bill that takes away YOUR right  to go to court if
you
or your child are injured by vaccines  used whenever the Secretary of
Health
and Human Services  declares a "potential or actual" public health
emergency
or at  any other time.


 THE MESSAGE IS:
  DON'T BAIL OUT BIG PHARMA AND TAKE AWAY MY CIVIL  RIGHTS



Senator Thad Cochran (MS) (Chairman,  Senate Appropriations Committee)
Phone:
(202) 224-5054   Fax: (202) 224-9450

Senator Ted Stevens (AK) Phone: (202)  224-3004  Fax:(202) 224-2354

Senator Arlen Specter (PA)  Phone: 202-224-4254  Fax: 202-228-1229

Senator Pete  Domenici (NM) Phone: (202) 224-6621  Fax: (202) 228-3261

 Senator Christopher Bond (MO) Phone: (202) 224-5721 Fax: (202)  224-8149

Senator Mitch McConnell (KY) Phone: (202)  224-2541  Fax: (202) 224-2499

Senator Richard Shelby (AL)  Phone: (202) 224-5744  Fax: (202) 224-3416

Senator Judd  Gregg (NH) Phone: (202) 224 - 3324 Fax: (202) 224 - 4952

Senator  Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) Phone: 202-224-5922  Fax:  202-224-0776

Senator Conrad Burns (MT) Phone: 202-224-2644   Fax: 202-224-8594

Sen. Daniel Inouye (Ranking Member) (HI)  Phone: 202-224-3934 Fax:
202-224-6747

Senator Robert C.  Byrd (WV) Phone: 202-224-3954  Fax: 202-228-0002

Senator  Patrick Leahy (VT) Phone:  202-224-4242   Fax:  202-224-3479

Senator Tom Harkin (IA) Phone: (202) 224-3254 Fax:  (202) 224-9369

Senator Byron Dorgan (ND) Phone: 202-224-2551  Fax: 202-224-1193

Senator Richard Durbin (IL) Phone: (202)  224-2152  Fax: (202) 228-0400

Senator Harry Reid (NV)   Phone: 202-224-3542  Fax: 202-224-7327

Senator Dianne  Feinstein (CA)  Phone: (202) 224-3841   Fax: (202)  228-3954

Senator Barbara Milkulski (MD) Phone:   202-224-4654 Fax: 202-224-8858

Sen. Edward Kennedy (MA)   Phone: 202-224-4543 Fax: 202-224-2417

Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME) DC  Phone: 202-224-5344 Fax: 202-224-1946

Sen. Susan Collins (ME)  Phone: 202-224-2523  Fax: 202-224-2693

Sen. Debbie Stabenow  (MI) Phone: 202-224-4822 Fax: 202-228-0325

Sen. Lincoln Chaffee  (RI) Phone: 202-224-2921 Fax: 202-228-2853

Sen. John McCain (AZ)  Phone: 202-224-2235 Fax:  202-228-2862

Sen. Lindsay Graham  DC Phone:  202-224-5972 Fax: 202-224-3808

Congressman Jerry  Lewis (CA) Chair, House Appropriations Committee) Phone:
 202-225-5861   Fax:  202-225-0351
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for immediate  release
November 15, 2005 5:00 PM

CONGRESS SET TO BAIL  OUT BIG PHARMA IN SECRET

Washington, D.C. - A behind-the-scenes  plan is reportedly taking shape in
Congress to attach language to an  unspecified conference report giving
drug
companies blanket  immunity from liability for vaccine injuries and deaths.

The  National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a watchdog consumer
 advocacy
group critical of provisions in "The Biodefense and Pandemic  Vaccine and
Drug Development Act of 2005" (S. 1873) sponsored by Senator  Richard Burr
(R-NC) and a similar bill in the House (H.R. 3970), calls  the reported
plan
"an end-run by Pharma's friends in Congress  to take away the civil rights
of
the American  people."

In the past few weeks, public criticism about the  proposed bail-out of
drug
companies has been mounting as  Americans are being told that a pandemic
bird
flu is coming and  drug companies are asking Congress to bar citizen access
to the civil  justice system when they are harmed by vaccines. Because the
bird flu  virus has not mutated into a form that is transmissable from
 human
to human, questions have been raised as to whether irrational fear  about
bird flu is being generated in an attempt to stampede Congress  into
passing
liability protections the pharmaceutical industry  has been seeking for 40
years.

Pointing out that there  are twice as many drug companies marketing
vaccines
in the U.S.  today as there were in 1982 when NVIC was founded, NVIC
President  Barbara Loe Fisher said, "It is a big lie that drug companies
 have
been driven out of business by lawsuits in the past two decades.  The
National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 protected drug  companies and
doctors from almost all lawsuits. There are only a handful  of vaccine
injury
lawsuits pending in civil courts but Pharma  is on the brink of conning
Congress into destroying Americans' Seventh  Amendment Constitutional right
to seek redress in a civil court in front  of a jury of their peers.
Apparently drug companies only want profits  and not accountability when
Americans die or are injured by experimental  and poorly tested biodefense
and pandemic flu vaccines they can be  forced to take whenever the
Secretary
of Health and Human  Services declares a public health emergency and state
officials follow  suit."

In a November 15th letter to Senator Burr's staff  director, U.S. Senate
Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health  Preparedness, NVIC
President
Barbara Loe Fisher describes S.  1873 as "arguably unconstitutional"
because
it (1) lacks  transparency into the research, development, licensure and
 post-licensure surveillance of vaccines and drugs used in public health
 emergencies; (2) lacks accountability for either manufacturers of these
 products or government health officials who mandate their use without
 informed consent; and (3) lacks justice for those who will inevitably die
or
suffer chronic illnesses after being compelled to take these  products.

The proposed law will also create a new agency within  the Department of
Health and Human Services that will secretly develop  experimental drugs
and
vaccines to be used by civilian and  military populations whenever the
Secretary declares "a potential or  actual" public health emergency. The
agency may deny Freedom of  Information Act requests by citizens and is not
subject to review of its  actions by the judicial branch of government.

In 1982, there  were four drug companies marketing vaccines in the U.S.:
Wyeth, Lederle,  Merck and Connaught. Today there are eight: Wyeth, Merck,
Sanofi  Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, Chiron, Bioport, and VaxGen.
There  are ten vaccine injury lawsuits currently pending in U.S. civil
courts,  with the majority involving a highly reactive whole cell version
 of
DPT vaccine no longer distributed in the  U.S.
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