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Tom Frieden Leaving the CDC

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Dr. Frieden has not indicated what he plans to do after he leaves the CDC. His predecessor, Julie Gerberding, MD, landed a lucrative job with pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co….

Following the perceived mishandling of the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States involving Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2014, there were calls within Congress and the media for the CDC director, Thomas Frieden, MD, to resign. It was believed that Dr. Frieden had not adequately communicated and enforced protocols (or that the protocols kept changing) for dealing with Ebola cases on U.S. soil, and that that had led to a nurse in Dallas, TX, contracting the disease from Mr. Duncan.1 2 3

In a tense grilling before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Oct. 16, 2014, Dr. Frieden received criticism from U.S. Congressman Fred Upton (R-Michigan). Congressman Upton stated:

The CDC admitted more could’ve been done in Texas. Two health care workers have become infected with Ebola even as nurses and other medical personnel suggest that protocols are being developed on the fly. And none of us can understand how a nurse who treated an Ebola infected patient and who herself had developed a fever was permitted to board a commercial airline and fly across the country. It’s no wonder that the public’s confidence is shaken. Over a month ago, before Ebola reached our shores, we wrote HHS Secretary Burwell seeking details for the preparedness and response plans here at home and abroad. And it’s clear whatever plan was in place was insufficient.4

Regarding complaints about inconsistent protocols, Congressman Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) pointed out:

One of the biggest concerns I get from the hospitals in my district that I’ve talked to, and I’ve talked to a number of hospital officials, medical officials, professionals in my district. They’re concerned that they haven’t had consistent protocols. There have been at least four just in the last few weeks where the protocols keep changing. Now, with the nurse, the first nurse that was infected, I believe you personally said that the protocols were breached originally.4

The whole Ebola affair in 2014 has been a thorn in Dr. Frieden’s side. Deservedly or not, it has left the CDC director and his agency with a tarnished reputation and seemingly struggling to regain the public’s trust over the past two years. Consequently, while the recent revelation that Dr. Frieden will resign from his post on January 20 comes as no surprise, there will be many people who will be pleased to have a new person in charge of the CDC.

Reuters article on December 30, 2016 noted that Dr. Frieden, appointed by President Obama in 2009, plans to “hand in his resignation” the day President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated.5 6 

There has been no mention of who might replace Dr. Frieden, although we do know that Congressman Tom Price (R-South Carolina) has been nominated by President-elect Trump to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS oversees a number of key health regulatory agencies, including the CDC.7 Congressman Price, who is also a medical doctor, is a strong proponent of individual autonomy when it comes to health care. He believes patients have the right to make independent choices about their health care options, with minimal intervention by government.7 

Dr. Frieden has not indicated what he plans to do after he leaves the CDC. His predecessor, Julie Gerberding, MD, landed a lucrative job with pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. less than a year after her resignation as CDC director on January 20, 2009.8  9 10 Dr. Gerberding became president of Merck’s vaccine division. On Dec. 10, 2014, Dr. Gerberding was promoted by Merck to be its executive vice president for strategic communications, global public policy and population health.10 

About Dr. Gerberding, Merck noted the following:

Gerberding joined Merck as president of Merck Vaccines in January 2010. Since then, Merck’s vaccines are reaching more people than ever, and Merck became the global leader in the vaccine market based on sales. In addition, the Sanofi Pasteur MSD joint venture in Europe, Merck’s European vaccine business for which Gerberding is the Board co-chair, has improved in both population reach and financial performance. She also helped lead the successful launch in India of the Merck Wellcome Trust non-profit joint venture for vaccine development, the MSD Wellcome Trust Hilleman Laboratories.10

Recruiting a former CDC chief to handle your commercial vaccine operations definitely appears to be good business strategy for a vaccine manufacturer. We’ll see where Dr. Frieden lands and how well he ends up doing.


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10 Responses to Tom Frieden Leaving the CDC

  1. William Dorn Reply

    February 10, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Remove the cdc guidelines on perscribing opiute pain medicines.Many law abiding americans will suffer and die because of this cruel guideline.The goverment should not get between doctors and patients this is America not a third world dictatorship.I pray the new administration will right this cruel wrong.

  2. Jenny M. Reply

    January 16, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Friedman, as well as ALL bureaucRATS need to be held responsible for their job performances.

    The bureaucracies are what destroys countries. This guy is just one of many examples how these rats are installed and are not held accountable.

    The worst official is a non elected one.

  3. Kathy Young Reply

    January 15, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Julie Gerberding, Frank DeStefano, Coleen Boyle ALL must be tried for crimes against humanity and JAILED for LIFE. We will work on it.

  4. steve hernon Reply

    January 13, 2017 at 7:52 am

    FREIDEN and the CDC are crimes against America. They are further proof that Obama had no clue about anything and yet he got re-elected by the “freebie group” I hope Trump will file suit against Freiden and not let him get away like Obama let Lois Lerner get away free with NO consequences

  5. Walter Kyle Reply

    January 13, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I thought the first cases of Ebola were in Tennessee in late 1977 through May 1978 and CDC-NIH did a great job of covering them up.

  6. Joe Harris Reply

    January 13, 2017 at 4:43 am

    He’s jumping ship, before the indictments are handed out. The 17 yr. CDC senior scientist was coming out as a whistleblower, when Frieden decided to go to Africa and bring back an Ebola dog and pony show. Look at what can kill all of us, was the town criers at CNN CBS ABC and NBC new CDC mantra. He had all the mainstream media doing his bidding. President-elect. Trump needs to check his personal pharma stocks, I assure you he has them, for the last Dir.Gerberding had already amassed 5.33 million dollars in just her Merck stocks. No one, has taken that job seriously in decades. They have all sold their souls to Pharma.

  7. Keith Howe Reply

    January 12, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Frieden defrauded the government of 1.8 billion dollars by falsely claiming that Zika Virus caused microcephaly when some basic research reveals that the pesticides being put in Brazil’s drinking water are the cause. He must go to prison for this, as well as the annual flu vaccine frauds.

  8. Mike Reply

    January 12, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Tom Frieden has to be arrested and brought to trial for crimes against Americans and humanity. He cannot go unscathed for all the lying, cheating and killing attributed to him and his ilk, IMHO. I say arrest him, try him, and jail him for life..Same for the Food (Drug) Czar,a.k.a. Deputy FDA Commissioner, Michael Taylor, the legal MONSANTO attorney “lent” to the FDA to write the guidelines for GMO Foods~! These are two of the worse criminals since Boos Tweed in NY way back. Catch them, arrest them AND TRY THEM…

  9. Robert L . Wachsmuth s Reply

    January 12, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    DON’T LET HIM LEAVE BEFORE DONALD TRUMP CLEAN’S THE CESSPOOL AND SEWAGE FROM THE CDC AND THE FDA MASS MURDERS

  10. Tim Lundeen Reply

    January 8, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    He also prevented Dr Thompson from testifying under oath: http://www.ecowatch.com/cdc-vaccines-autism-2051536402.html

    Good riddance.

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