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Dr Andrew Wakefield Struck Off Medical Register

May 24, 2010

The doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism has been struck off the medical register.

The General Medical Council found Dr Andrew Wakefield guilty of serious professional misconduct over the way he carried out his controversial research.

It follows a GMC ruling earlier this year that he had acted unethically.

Dr Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 Lancet study caused vaccination rates to plummet, resulting in a rise in measles – but the findings were later discredited.

The GMC ruled in January he had acted “dishonestly and irresponsibly” in conducting his research.

The case did not investigate whether Dr Wakefield’s findings were right or wrong, instead it focused on the methods of research.

The panel which made the ruling criticised Dr Wakefield in January for the invasive tests that were carried out on children against their best clinical interests.

It said Dr Wakefield, who was working at London’s Royal Free Hospital as a gastroenterologist at the time, did not have the ethical approval or relevant qualifications for such tests.

The GMC also took exception to the way he gathered blood samples. Dr Wakefield paid children £5 for the samples at his son’s birthday party.

It also said Dr Wakefield should have disclosed the fact that he had been paid to advise solicitors acting for parents who believed their children had been harmed by the MMR.

Two of Dr Wakefield’s former colleagues at the Royal Free were also ruled to have broken guidelines.

Professor John Walker-Smith and Professor Simon Murch both helped Dr Wakefield carry out the research. They will also learn of their fate.

After the January verdict, Dr Wakefield, who now lives in the US, said he was “extremely disappointed by the outcome” as the allegations were “unfounded and unjust”.

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  1. May 27, 2010 6:42 pm

    This must be the medical/pharmaceutical establishments answer to Dr Poul Thorsen who is accused of committing fraud in his studies. His publicized autism reports were published in New England Journal of Medicine. Thorsen was a leading member of a Danish research group that wrote several key studies supporting CDC`s claims that the MMR vaccine and other mercury-laden vaccines were safe for children.

    The investigation so far has found that Thorsen had falsified documents and was in violation of university rules, because he accepted salaries from both the Danish University and Emory University. At Emory University, Thorsen led research to defend the role of vaccines in causing autism which is remarkable since he is a psychiatrist not a research scientist or toxicologist. But that did not trouble the CDC located close by Emory in Atlanta who reportedly paid his center $14.6 million to spin out research papers in favor of vaccine injections for children.

    Paul Blake, N.D.

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