The BBC is reporting that the British Medical Journal Lancet has issued a full retraction of the notorious 1998 article that claimed there was an increased risk of autism associated with use of the MMR vaccine. Among the grounds for the retraction: the lead author “was in the pay of solicitors who were acting for parents who believed their children had been harmed by MMR” and that author “was ruled last week to have broken research rules.”
And it still took twelve years to get a full retraction. Imagine the fuss if a defense expert had done something like that.
We’ve said before that we thought autism litigation against vaccine manufacturers was utterly meritless (not to mention harmful to children in particular and society as a whole). Here’s to another (belated) silver stake through the heart.