Medics in court: doctor is said to have carried out drug tests on children

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A doctor practicing in Fulda is said to have treated numerous children with unapproved flu medication. Since Tuesday, the 67-year-old doctor has therefore had to answer before the Fulda regional court. As the "Berliner Kurier" reports, the public prosecutor has accused him of fraud and attempted bodily harm in 75 cases.
Almost 73,000 euros for scientific surveys


A pediatrician from Petersberg (Hessen) is suspected of having treated dozens of his little patients with an unapproved flu drug as part of a study. As the "Kurier" reports, a pharmaceutical company had offered the doctor 72,800 euros for scientific surveys. “It was about a seasonal flu vaccine that was already approved for adults. Whether it is also suitable for children should be examined in a test phase, ”said the regional court spokesman Simon Trost to the newspaper. The 67-year-old defendant, as the chief investigator, had therefore committed to handing the parents over to diaries for this survey, in which they should document the children's reaction to the vaccination, said Trost.

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Parents apparently had no knowledge
But apparently this did not go as planned: As the indictment shows, it was not the parents, but the pediatrician himself who filled out the necessary documents - and that with fictitious data. The manufacturer itself had started the case after it had become suspicious of the evaluation of the 152 protocols from the years 2008 to 2010. "At the start of the trial, the man denied having injected the vaccine at all," said Trost.

Now the doctor has to answer to the regional court for fraud, and the public prosecutor has been charged with attempted bodily harm. Because the man is accused of having treated the more than 150 children with the flu drug without the parents' knowledge, the newspaper continued.

Healthy children do not belong to the risk groups
Vaccination against seasonal influenza is a constant source of discussion among parents and health experts. Many mothers and fathers ask themselves the question "Does a flu vaccination make sense?"

Children are considered to be the main vector because they can spread the disease quickly through their diverse social contacts in kindergarten, school, etc. For young patients, the flu vaccination is now even possible via a nasal spray, but critics repeatedly refer to possible side effects such as reddening of the skin, shivering and tiredness. The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) recommends vaccination primarily for older people, chronically ill people with underlying ailments such as diabetes, medical staff and pregnant women. For healthy children, adolescents and adults under the age of 60, however, it is "not explicitly recommended", since influenza disease in these population groups usually proceeds without serious complications, according to the STIKO. (No)

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