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FDA Tracked Tainted Drugs Sold in Haiti

F.D.A. Tracked Tainted Drugs, but Lost Trail in China By WALT BOGDANICH After a drug ingredient from China killed dozens of Haitian children a decade ago, a senior American health official sent a cable to her investigators: find out who made the poisonous ingredient and why a state-owned company in China exported it as safe, pharmaceutical-grade glycerin. The Chinese were of little help. Requests to find the manufacturer were ignored. Business records were withheld or destroyed. The Americans had reason for alarm. �The U.S. imports a lot of Chinese glycerin and it is used in ingested products such as toothpaste,� Mary K. Pendergast, then deputy commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, wrote on Oct. 27, 1997. Learning how diethylene glycol, a syrupy poison used in some antifreeze, ended up in Haitian fever medicine might �prevent this tragedy from happening […]

Author of study on Haiti cleared of bias by journal

By Marina Jimenez, Friday’s Globe and Mail  Feb 9, 2007 The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal, has cleared the author of a study on Haiti of systemic bias, and reaffirmed the findings of her report. Athena Kolbe’s report concluded that widespread human-rights violations in Haiti have occurred, despite the presence of a Canadian-led United Nations police force and Brazilian-led peacekeeping mission. The Lancet investigation was launched after a British-based Haiti Support Group complained she wasn’t objective. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, noted that Ms. Kolbe had an “undeclared conflict of interest” for failing to disclose to its readers that she had worked as a volunteer in 1995 at an orphanage founded by former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and as a journalist under the name of Lyn Duff. However, Mr. Horton said there was no evidence of bias in the […]

Lancet Confirms Haiti Mortality Study Findings

2007 Elsevier Ltd All Rights Reserved The Lancet Get text with graphics February 3, 2007 – February 9, 2007 SECTION: Pg. 355 Vol. 369 No. 9559 ISSN: 0140-6736 LENGTH: 494 words HEADLINE: Clarification: Human rights abuse and other criminal violations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti BYLINE: Richard Horton a; William Summerskill a BODY: Human rights abuse and other criminal violations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti: a random survey of households was published online on Aug 31, 2006, and in print on Sept 2, 2006.1 Within days, The Lancet was informed that co-author Athena Kolbe had previously written about Haiti as a journalist under the name of Lyn Duff. Because Kolbe had worked as a volunteer at an orphanage in Haiti founded by President Aristide and had written sympathetically about Aristide after he was deposed,2 concerns were expressed about the paper’s findings. In response to […]

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