DOJ indict former DOH Sec. Garin , 19 others for homicide over Dengvaxia vaccine mess

DOJ indict former DOH Sec. Garin , 19 others for homicide over Dengvaxia vaccine mess

This is it… the wheels of justice is finally turning.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Justice has indicted former Health Secretary Janette Garin and four others of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide over deaths allegedly caused by controversial anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

Former Health Secretary Janette Garin (photo credit to owner)

The following Department of Health officials and employees were also indicted for the same charge:
  • Dr. Vincente Belizario Jr.
  • Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go
  • Dr. Gerardo Bayugo
  • Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy
  • Dr. Irma Asuncion
  • Dr. Julius Lecciones
  • Dr. Maria Joyce Ducusin
  • Dr. Rosalind Vianzon
  • Dr. Mario Baquilod
The prosecution panel also indicted the following Sanofi Pasteur Inc. officials of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide:
  • Carlito Realuyo
  • Stanislas Camart
  • Jean Louis Grunwald
  • Jean Francois Vacherand
  • Conchita Santos
  • Jazel Anne Calvo

Also facing indictment are Maria Lourdes Santiago and Melody Zamudio from the Food and Drug Administration(FDA), and Research Institute for Tropical Medicine’s (RITM) Dr. Socorro Lupisan and Dr. Maria Rosario Capeding.
The DOJ however dismissed the criminal complaints against Health Secretary Francisco Duque for insufficiency of evidence.
"The Department of Justice (DOJ) clarifies that the finding of neglect against those who administered the immunization program using Dengvaxia should not, in any way, be used to stoke public fear of vaccination," the DOJ said in a statement adding that the decision "reiterated the high degree of accountability and caution demanded of those who adopt and implement policies and programs involving public health,"
"Holding to account those who neglect to discharge their duties to the public with utmost caution and competence is the best deterrent against the repetition in the future of the criminal neglect exhibited by respondents," the DOJ said adding that "it is likewise the best assurance that all government health programs -- immunization drives included -- will confirm to the highest standards of safety and efficacy," the DOJ added.
The DOJ prosecutors cited a "dangerous recklessness and lack of care or foresight as to the outcome of their actions," adding that respondents "totally disregarded the identified risks and adverse effects of the vaccine,"
As for Sanofi, the Prosecution faulted Sanofi officials for failing to actively monitor and conduct close surveillance of Dengvaxia recipients. It also faulted Sanofi officials for failure to extend any medical assistance to victims or their families even after reports of serious adverse reactions happened.
Dengvaxia was purchased when it was not even listed in the Philippine National Drug Formulary (PNDF). Evidence would show that a purchase request for the vaccine was made as early as January 2016. Actual purchase was made in March 2016.
the Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008 ( RA 9502) prohibits the government from procuring drugs and medicines which are not included in the PNDF.

Meanwhile, Executive Order 49 s. 1993 requires Philippine National Drug Formulary (PNDF) listing before drug purchases by the government can be made, the DOJ prosecutors noted.

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Report from PNA , PhilStar

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