Jeannette Burmeister is an attorney and a patient advocate living with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). She lives in Incline Village, Nevada, and participates in the Phase III AMP- 511 open-label clinical trial for Ampligen. Her husband, Ed Burmeister, also, advocates for adequate care and treatment for patients of ME.
She is licensed to practice law in California and Germany. Before she was stricken with ME, she practiced law at Baker & McKenzie LLP, the world’s largest law firm.
Burmeister blogs about issues in the ME community at Thoughts About M.E.. Topics tend to be about the politics of ME in the US and UK government agencies.
She successfully sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health in federal court for violating the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for documents relating to the 2015 Institute of Medicine study on ME/CFS. "...the Judge found the agencies’ conduct to be unreasonable to a degree that led him to order both agencies to pay all of my attorneys’ fees, more than $139,000. The award of attorneys’ fees is by no means a given in FOIA cases; it requires a high level of unreasonableness on the government’s part." 
When Hemispherx Biopharma announced a 267% price hike on Ampligen for its open-label clinical trial participants, Burmeister campaigned to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate.
Talks and Interviews[edit | edit source]
- June 16, 2014, Comments at CFSAC meeting
- January 2014, Video of Jeannette Burmeister's comments at IOM meeting
- December 2013, Comments on IOM contract
- December 2012, Jeannette Burmeister's comments to The Advisory Committee Reviewing Ampligen
HHS/CFSAC Testimony[edit | edit source]
- CFSAC Public Testimony August, 2015
- CFSAC Public Testimony January 2015
- CFSAC Public Testimony December 2014
- CFSAC Public Testimony December 2013
- CFSAC Public Testimony 22 May 2013