May 23, 2013
GSK Argentina says deaths not related to vaccine trials
GSK Argentina Medical Director Rosana Felice, come on stage and told reporters that the company will appeal the ruling and fine issued by Judge Marcelo Aguinsky over the killing of 14 babies during vaccine trials conducted in 2007 and 2008.
Likewise, Felice emphasized that “none of the deaths are related to the vaccines”, and added, “Likewise, Glaxo doesn’t pay any kind of bribes in order to lead any clinical studies being them here in Argentina or at any other location around the globe.”
Furthermore, Felice assured that the company “does not pay individuals (patients) that take part of lab trials. But we do pay a fee to the medical investigators involved.”
Felice also explained that the study was “approved by the ethical committees of Santiago del Estero, Mendoza, and San Juan”, and rejected all accusations made by the victims’ parents, who reported the laboratories, by saying “These people were not misled or forced to do anything they didn’t want to. They were invited to be part of the trials following the clinical investigation protocols.”