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Capitol Health Call
February 5, 2003

GAO: DARE Does Not Work

JAMA. 2003;289(5):539. doi:10.1001/jama.289.5.539-a

When Senate Republicans reconvened in early January with a newly won majority, one of their first orders of business was repealing a controversial provision slipped into the Homeland Security Act of 2002 that shielded Eli Lilly and Co, Indianapolis, from lawsuits questioning the safety of thimerosal, a preservative that until recently was used in millions of childhood vaccines.

Some parents of children with autism believe thimerosal contributes to the development of autism. Although the link between thimerosal and the disorder is unproved, lawsuits have been brought against Lilly and other vaccine manufacturers.

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