By Business Mirror, December 3 2018


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THE FAMILIES of eight alleged victims of the Dengvaxia vaccine have asked the Department of Justice to include among the accused Doctor Raymundo W. Lo, deputy executive director for Professional Services at Philippine Children’s Medical Center, and another doctor for facilitating the purchase of the vaccine. In the motion filed through the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), they stated that Mr. Lo and Sonia B. Gonzales purchased Dengvaxia vaccine even before the Food and Drug Administration issued a Certificate of Product Registration. “From the foregoing actuations, the complicity of Dr. Lo and Dr. Gonzales to the purchase of Dengvaxia vaccine with undue haste despite of the fact that it is still on its trial stage is manifest making them liable as the other respondents in this case,” it said. Former Health secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin and 36 others — including officials of Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. and distributor Zuellig Pharma Corporation — are currently facing 29 complaints of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and violations of Anti-Torture Act and the Consumer Act of the Philippines. The prosecution in October denied the motion of Ms. Garin to admit Mr. Lo’s affidavit, which questioned the findings of the PAO’s Forensic Team, due to late submission. The PAO claims that 102 children vaccinated with Dengvaxia have already died. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas