Military's Mandatory Anthrax Vaccine Challenge Thrown Out

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A federal judge says the military can require its troops be vaccinated against anthrax.

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer says there is no reason to second-guess the Food and Drug Administration's finding that the vaccine is safe. So she is dismissing a lawsuit brought by some members of the military.

Those officials argue the vaccine is unproven and the studies trumpeting its safety are unsound. They want the vaccine to be optional.

The dispute has languished in the court system for years. A federal judge suspended the vaccination program in 2004 after faulting the FDA's process for approving the drug. After the FDA redid the process and again found it to be safe, the military announced plans to reinstate mandatory vaccinations.

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