Dr. Andrew Wakefield has been found guilty by the GMC of serious professional misconduct last week over the MMR-autism issue. The devastating consequences of the infamous paper in which he made a link between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine are still being felt by pharmacists.
Dr. Wakefield’s paper looked at 12 children with developmental disorders who had been referred to a gastroenterology unit. In eight of the children, onset of behavioral symptoms was associated, by the parents, with the MMR vaccine. After that Dr. Wakefield recommended the use of single vaccines at yearly intervals.
Today’s verdict by the General Medical Council epitomized their negligence in respecting all of the sound scientific studies worldwide replicating the findings of Dr. Andrew Wakefield. In the United States we will continue to fund studies replicating Wakefield’s work. We will focus more heavily on helping to educate the British public about the dangers of the MMR. We will look with renewed vigor into possible misconduct by the GMC. And, most importantly, we will continue to recover children from autism thanks, in large measure, to Dr. Wakefield’s pioneering work. We have witnessed and applaud the sustained courage and dignity of Dr. Andrew Wakefield. He has stood by the children, and we will stand by him. –autism one, Jan 28th 2010
Dr. Andrew Wakefield lost his medical licence because of his belief that there is a link between autism and the MMR vaccine, and still will not back down from that stance. Though his medical licence has been revoked, he says he will continue with his research for children with autism.
“Wakefield still staunchly defends his original study, claiming independent studies in five countries back his findings, and arguing that the U.S. government has secretly settled with the families of children with autism. ”
Dr. Wakefield has written a book called “Callous Disregard” based on his theory concerning autism and the MMR vaccine, and the case the British government brought against him.