Lemons and Lyme by Stanley Plotkin (Part 2)
SEP 22, 2018 —
Please see the letter below addressed to Theoklis Zaoutis, MD, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society regarding Plotkin’s commentary on the Lyme vaccine. A copy of this letter was forwarded to the Tick Borne Disease Working Group.
Wikipedia Plotkin page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Plotkin
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Date: September 22, 2018 at 8:32 AM
Subject: Fwd: Lemons and Lyme by Stanley A. Plotkin
Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
13 September 2018 P L O T K I N C O L U M N
Lemons and Lyme
Stanley A. Plotkin
Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania, Doylestown
“It is odd that there is a lobby against the development and deployment of a vaccine against the disease by people who think they are suffering from Lyme infection in a chronic form, the existence of which remains doubtful. They believe that the first vaccine against Lyme disease caused chronic arthritis.”
Sept 22, 2018
The Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Oxford University Press
2001 Evans Road
Cary, NC 27513
ATTN: Theoklis Zaoutis, MD, MSCE, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Dear Dr. Zaoutis,
In reference to Dr. Plotkin’s statement above, please see the following excerpt from the attached REPORT ON LYMErix prepared for the 2001Advisary Committee Meeting:
“The people who have contacted us were, prior to vaccination with LYMErix, healthy, active and energetic. Indeed, the very reason they sought the LYMErix vaccine was their desire to preserve their healthy, active lifestyle. However, what they experienced was a dramatic degradation of their health and quality of life. As will be described below, these previously healthy individuals are now afflicted with painful, at times debilitating arthritic symptoms, including joint pain and swelling, as well as extremely severe Lyme-disease-like symptoms which have persisted to this day.”
Below is the link to the Final Judgement and Approval of the class action against SmithKline Beecham as a settlement was awarded to these individuals.
JUDGEMENT, FINAL ORDER AND DECREE GRANTING FINAL APPROVAL OF THE CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT:
In addition please see the following study reporting adverse neurological complications: Int J Risk Saf Med. 2011;23(2):89-96. doi: 10.3233/JRS-2011-0527.
Neurological complications of vaccination with outer surface protein A (OspA).
Marks DH1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21673416
A wide range of neurological complications have been reported via the medical literature and the VAERS system after vaccination with recombinant outer surface protein A (OspA) of Borrelia. To explore this issue, 24 patients reporting neurological adverse events (AE) after vaccination with Lymerix, out of a group of 94 patients reporting adverse events after Lymerix vaccination, were examined for causation. Five reports of cerebral ischemia, two transient Ischemic attacks, five demyelinating events, two optic neuritis, two reports of transverse myelitis, and one non-specific demyelinating condition are evaluated in this paper. Caution is raised on not actively looking for neurologic AE, and for not considering causation when the incidence rate is too low to raise a calculable difference to natural occurence.
Dr. Zaoutis, to my knowledge there was no follow-up research to determine why this class of patient suffered the reaction they experienced. Is there a genetic predisposition that could give a similar reaction to the next OspA vaccine?
It would appear that Plotkin has used your journal as a pulpit to broadcast his propaganda. The peer-review process in this case was unsuccessful in determining suitability for publication.
Lyme Endemic Hudson, NH
Cc: Julie Weber-Roark MANAGING EDITOR
Attorney Daniel Dutko of Hanszen Laporte
The Honorable Chris Smith and Collin Peterson
Paul Spearman, MD, FPIDS: President, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society