I called Pfizer yesterday to advise Dr. Tan of the amount of the radiation bill (Dr. Tan asked my vet to have me do this). Dr. Tan would not speak with me and I was told “Pfizer does not have a reimbursement policy.” I didn’t ask if Pfizer had a reimbursement policy. I want Pfizer to take responsibility for what THEIR vaccines did to my cat. I know all vaccines have risks. Let’s take a look at those said risks:
Leukocell 2 FeLV vaccine warning on the product information page:
“Postvaccination reactions have been observed in about 2% of vaccinated cats. These included stinging on injection, transient listlessness, depression, and brief temperature elevations. Hypersensitivity evidenced by myxedema and gastrointestinal distress (vomiting and bowel evacuation) occasionally has been reported.” You can read it in its entirety here.
Defensor 3 Rabies vaccine warning on the product information page:
“As with many vaccines, anaphylaxis may occur after use. Initial antidote of epinephrine is recommended and should be followed with appropriate supportive therapy.” You can read it in its entirety here.
If those are the only risks involved, why does my cat have a malignant fibrous histiocytoma, which is one histologic variant of post vaccine sarcomas? The link between vaccines and cancer in cats at the vaccination site was made in 1991 by Mattie Hendrick. You can read about it here.
Does Pfizer truly care about the well being of our pets? If I had known of the possible risks I could have made a more informed decision. If the risks of the vaccines were disclosed, I would have diligently checked all of my cats for signs of an adverse reaction. Pfizer didn’t tell me. Pfizer still doesn’t tell anyone.
This also makes me wonder about possible side effects of all of Pfizer’s products. It’s clear they know the risks, yet do not disclose them. How do I know Pfizer knows of the risks of vaccine associated sarcomas and variant sarcoma cancers? Pfizer donated $250,000 to the AVMA’s Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma Task Force. Why would Pfizer donate money to the task force if they weren’t aware of the risk of Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcomas? Are we supposed to be impressed by the donation of $250,000? Pfizer reported a full year 2009 revenue of 50 billion dollars. You can read that here. That’s .0005% of their revenue from 2009.
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