2002: Pat Smith of the Lyme Disease Association claims credit for the demise of LYMErix.
Even though the whistle had been blown a year prior, Pat Smith decided that it was in her and the LDA's best interest to appear to have played a role in the takedown of LYMErix. Forget the fact that she had never spoken out against LYMErix, nor supported its victims--and still hasn't.
After years of trying to legislate stall tactics, LDA was a driving force behind the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act's provision for a federal "Tick-borne disease working group", to which Smith was appointed. We question whether working for the Department of Defense in her spare time is a conflict of interest, since many of the federal working group appointees also are associated with the DoD. You can write to the working group at: email@example.com