WHO under fire for H1N1 pandemic classification

The Med Guru reports that the World Health Organization is under fire for declaring that the H1N1 virus was a pandemic.

Officials with the multinational body say that it did not overreact in 2009 and dismisses claims that its declaration of the so-called "swine flu" as a pandemic was not driven by pressure of pharmaceutical giants such as Roche and GlaxoSmithKline.

The report cites a presentation made last week in Paris by the Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which stated that the pandemic led to major profits for vaccine makers.

According to the report, Dr. Fiona Godlee, editor of the British Medical Journal, said at the PACE meeting that an investigation into the pandemic declaration showed that scientists responsible for setting WHO's guidelines for vaccine usage during the pandemic had been bribed by the pharmaceutical companies that made the drugs.

According to the report on TheMedGuru.com, a spokesman with the WHO said that, “As a public health agency operating on the precautionary principle, we had a duty of care to respond. This was a pandemic and is a pandemic. It’s very difficult to know before it starts how serious it will be.”