This LA Times article is a must read! It is a stunning example of how our government wastes time and money on payoffs to rich donors. What follows is another case of crony capitalism and blatant corruption involving, not only donors, but Obama’s HHS czar and SEIU.
The government is worried that smallpox might be used in chemical warfare though there is no evidence that it is possessed by any terrorist group or anyone for that matter besides a few scientists in the Russian and United States government and it is under lock and key. Our government has enough of the vaccine to handle any attack, at a cost of $3 per shot.
The vaccine must be given within four days of exposure. A company called Siga, controlled by a big Obama donor, has a drug to handle the cases that are diagnosed too late. However, it cannot be tested on humans due to ethical constraints and there is no way to know if animal tests would be valid, so there is no way to know if it works. The FDA has already said it will not be approved for use.
This questionable & experimental smallpox drug that might not work and will not be approved by the FDA has been forced through by the Obamanistas.
The $433 million contract went to a top Obama donor with our taxpayer money and wait until you hear how it was pushed through.
The contract for New York-based Siga Technologies Inc., whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, one of the world’s richest men and a longtime Democratic Party donor, was secured by senior Obama officials after the company complained that contracting specialists at the Department of Health and Human Services were resisting the company’s financial demands. The Obamanistas replaced the lead negotiator to make sure the financial demands were met! There are letters to prove it.
Now we are meeting financial demands for what will likely be a useless drug!
The government eliminated competition to make sure we met the financial demands! Siga blocked all competitors and Siga became the only company asked by the Obamanistas to submit a proposal through a “sole source” procurement. I love the obfuscating verbiage.
This firm, Sega, is charging $255 a dose even though the government originally said that cost far exceeded what was reasonable.
The HHS enthusiasm to stockpile this drug was met with an antithetical response by the FDA, which makes the buying of this contract even more ridiculous – …In a June 2010 email, Gary Disbrow, a virologist in HHS’ biomedical unit, shared with colleagues his assessment of where the FDA stood on the smallpox drugs being developed by Siga and Chimerix, the North Carolina company: “My interpretation of their current position is that there is NO foreseeable path to licensure.”
Our government is hoping they approve it and is willing to bet $433 million of our money on it. I guess they can always replace any opposition in the FDA.
Here is what some experts think about the drug:
“We’ve got a vaccine that I hope we never have to use — how much more do we need?” said Dr. Donald A. “D.A.” Henderson, the epidemiologist who led the global eradication of smallpox for the World Health Organization and later helped organize U.S. biodefense efforts under President George W. Bush. “The bottom line is, we’ve got a limited amount of money.”
Dr. Thomas M. Mack, an epidemiologist at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, battled smallpox outbreaks in Pakistan and has advised the Food and Drug Administration on the virus. He called the plan to stockpile Siga’s drug “a waste of time and a waste of money.”
It’s worse than that. Deals were made with SEIU and the czar, Dr. Lurie, that made it impossible for anyone but Siga to get the contract.