STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

Special Master Tosses Case, Finds Expert to be Unreliable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A petition filed by a woman who alleged that vaccinations caused her daughter's neurological disorder was dismissed by a special master who ruled that the petitioner was unable to prove that the vaccinations were the cause of the child's injuries. Egan v. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, No. 05-1032V (U.S. Ct. Fed. Cl.).

On May 1, Chief Special Master Gary J. Golkiewicz of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims found that the petitioner's expert failed to prove the existence of "a logical sequence of cause and effect" showing that the child's diphtheria-tetanus-accellular, pertusis ...

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