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AM expresses concerns about company targeting Swansea with single measles vaccine

April 22, 2013 11:18 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black is to raise with Ministers on Tuesday, his concerns about a private healthcare company that is targeting the Swansea and South West Wales area on its website so as to sell single measles vaccinations.

Mr. Black will use the business statement to ask the Welsh Government to investigate the activities of the Children's Immunisation Centre, which uses its website www.childrensimmunisation.com to promote the sale of a single measles and a single rubella vaccine.

He is particularly concerned at the appearance of a telephone number for inquiries on the site for Swansea residents and that the site promotes the now-discredited link between the MMR jab and autism.

Because the single measles vaccine is not licensed for use in the UK it can only be administered here on prescription. The website advertises a fee of £50 for registration and prescription followed by a £110 fee for the single measles vaccine and £110 for the rubella vaccine. Although a single mumps vaccine is also advertised as being available for £120 the site concedes that this is not yet the case.

The Children's Immunisation Centre says on its website that it is registered by the Care Quality Commission and that this body 'licenses them to provide services'. The Care Quality Commission only has jurisdiction in England and on its website (http://www.cqc.org.uk) says that its role is to check whether hospitals, care homes and care services are meeting national standards. It does not claim to be able to license medicines or other medical services or to approve services.

"In the light ofthe measles epidemic now hitting the Swansea and South West Wales area because of a misleading health scare over a decade ago, I am particularly concerned to see a private company continuing to make that link on its website so as to sell their products," said Mr. Black. "The only safe vaccination is the MMR jab.

"I intend to raise this matter with the health minister and to use the business statement in Tuesday's Plenary to seek a statement on this matter. I want Ministers to tell me who is regulating this company's activities in Wales and how they are able to market an unlicensed vaccine in this way.

"We must not allow ourselves to be distracted from getting as many children and young people immunised with the MMR vaccine as possible so as to remove the threat the current measles outbreak poses to their life and long-term health."to check whether hospitals,
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