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Andrew Wakefield is accused of paying children for blood samples

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:118
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Andrew Wakefield, whose warnings about a possible link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism sparked a public health scare, was accused this week by the General Medical Council of paying children £5 (€7.40; $10) each to give blood samples at his son's birthday party.

    The accusation was made in the GMC's case involving three doctors who collaborated on a 1998 Lancet paper on developmental disorders in children. Dr Wakefield, John Walker-Smith, and Simon Murch are accused of ignoring limitations placed on them by the research ethics committee of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust …

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