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PAO files cases against officials of Sanofi, Zuellig, and DOH for Dengvaxia-related death

A health worker collects unused packs of anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia as she returns it inside a freezer for storage at the Manila Health Department in Sta Cruz, metro Manila, Philippines December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

The Public Attorney’s Office has formally filed charges against officials of the French Pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur, Zuellig Pharma Corporation, and the Department Of Health, which included former secretary Janette Garin.

According to PAO Chief atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta, the civil case for damages filed in the Prosecutor’s Office on February 5 is just for the death of one suspected Dengvaxia victim, Anijelica Pestilos.

Acosta explained that they will file seperate cases since the alleged casualties of the anti-dengue vaccine died in separate dates.

“Isang patay pa lang ito. Hindi namin pinagsama-sama kasi hindi sabay-sabay namatay. Itong si Anijelica ay yung namatay sa Lupus.” Acosta told reporters.

The PAO Chief further added that, based on their findings, Pestilos has been diagnosed with lupus, prior to receiving the anti-dengue vaccine, and that Dengvaxia worsened the disease.

Acosta further added that hemorrhages, or bleeding, were discovered in the lungs, heart, and liver of Pestilos, and the kidneys of the victim were also enlarged.

Recently, parents of Dengvaxia recipients have been seeking the assistance of PAO and the Volunteers of Crime and Corruption after 14 children were reported to have died due to the substance.

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