Brandy Vaughan: Speaking Out on Vaccine Safety
Healist founder Camilla Griggers, PhD interviews Brandy VaughAn—a former Merck sales rep turned whistleblower who bravely chooses to speak out about vaccine safety in spite of intimidation. A fearless mother, she speaks candidly about pharma industry practices that every parent should question before blindly following the CDC vaccine schedule. She appears in VAXXED and THE TRUTH ABOUT VACCINES, and is the founder of LearnTheRisk.org.
Brandy Vaughan lost her innocence about the pharmaceutical industry selling Vioxx in doctors' offices for Merck. She saw firsthand that Merck insiders knew the drug could cause heart attack and stroke, and tried to cover it up. She also saw them strategize to intimidate doctors who publicly questioned the drug's safety record. In the Vioxx case, justice prevailed. Vioxx was pulled off the market amid scandal in 2004, while millions of shocked Americans watched an epic court battle unfold. Over 47,000 group lawsuits resulted in Merck's record $4.85 billion recall settlement.
When Brandy became a mom facing pressure to vaccinate, she knew better than to blindly trust what doctors told her about vaccine safety—especially when she could recognize they were just repeating what a pharma rep had been trained to tell them. Instead, she did her own research on vaccine safety, declined vaccines for her son, and founded LearnTheRisk.org as a resource for concerned parents. Now, she's been systematically intimidated just like the doctors who spoke out about Vioxx.
Undaunted, Brandy Vaughan is a vocal opponent of mandatory vaccine legislation in documentaries like Vaxxed and The Truth About Vaccines. You can find her often at Take Back Your Health Conferences working a table for LearnTheRisk.org. Her energy is unrelenting. Why? Because the court system that provided justice for those injured by Vioxx cannot help vaccine-injured children and their parents. Because of Congressional legislation that many parents want repealed, claims are handled in an administrative proceeding outside the tort court system. That means Pharma has no legal liability for vaccine safety.
Applying the same skills she once used to help Merck promote dangerous pharma products to doctors and patients, today Brandy helps parents learn the risk about vaccines, avoid uninformed consent, and assert their liberty to protect children from harm. She is a persuasive speaker, gifted educator, and fierce spokesperson for the rights of children and parents.