Leslie Carol Botha: 6 million sounds like a lot folks – but actually this breaks down to approx. $120,000 per claim. Hardly enough to cover the lifetime of care that some of these girls need. Hardly enough for the families of the two victims who died. However, the damage is done. I guess if there is any good news here it is in the fact – that more and more people are waking up to the fact that Gardasil and Cervarix are dangerous vaccines. Forbes just came out with this stunning headline: Merck & Its HPV Vaccine: Sales & Skepticism Are Both Up. It appears that even though Merck’s underhanded sales campaign so is public scrutiny – and it is not just coming from the ‘anti-vacciners.’ According to the article “a recent study found more parents are refusing to have their girls vaccinated against HPV than ever before. Five years ago, 40 percent of parents surveyed said they would not vaccinate their girls against HPV. In 2009, that rose to 41 percent and climbed to 44 percent in 2010. And parents concerned about side effects rose from 5 percent in 2008 to 16 percent in 2010.”
FOIA Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Reveal 200 Claims Filed With HHS for HPV Vaccine Injuries and Deaths, 49 Compensated
Documents Reveal That the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) Has Paid Out Nearly $6 Million in Claims to Victims of Controversial HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine, Including Families of Two Dead
WASHINGTON, DC, Mar 20, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Judicial Watch announced today that it has received documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has awarded $5,877,710 dollars to 49 victims in claims made against the highly controversial HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines. To date 200 claims have been filed with VICP, with barely half adjudicated.
The documents came in response to a February 28, 2013, Judicial Watch lawsuit against HHS to force the department to comply with a November 1, 2012, Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (judicial watch v. u.s. department of health and human services (no. 1:13-cv-00197)). On March 12, 2013, The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of HHS, provided Judicial Watch with documents revealing the following information:
- Only 49 of the 200 claims filed have been compensated for injury or death caused from the (HPV) vaccine. Of the 49 compensated claims 47 were for injury caused from the (HPV) vaccine. The additional 2 claims were for death caused due to the vaccine.
- 92 (nearly half) of the total 200 claims filed are still pending. Of those pending claims 87 of the claims against the (HPV) vaccine were filed for injury. The remaining 5 claims were filed for death.
- 59 claims have been dismissed outright by VICP. The alleged victims were not compensated for their claims against the HPV vaccine. Of the
claims dismissed, 57 were for injuries, 2 were for deaths allegedly caused by the HPV vaccine.
- The amount awarded to the 49 claims compensated totaled 5,877,710.87 dollars. This amounts to approximately $120,000 per claim.