Gardasil Death Lawsuit Launched

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Apr 23, 2010 11:02 AM

(PRWEB) April 21, 2010 — A lawsuit filed in the U.S. Federal Court of Claims this week alleges that the HPV vaccine Gardasil caused the death of a 16-year-old Missouri girl. Gardasil is a vaccine used to prevent the transmission of a sexually transmitted disease called human papillomavirus (HPV).Controversy regarding the safety of Gardasil surrounded the vaccine since its FDA approval in 2006 and continues to be the subject of intense debate.

Safety and efficacy of Gardasil in question

As on December 31, 2008 there were 12,424 reports of injuries related to Gardasil in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) (1). These reports are used by the FDA to monitor the safety of vaccines and it is well known that injuries are under reported(1). Of note, 68% of the 12,424 reports of injury where written employees of Merck (1). While there is risk of injury with every drug, including vaccines, at least one report questions whether or not Gardasil provides enough protection to counterbalance the risk of injury.

In a report issued by Judicial Watch, it was found that Gardasil was not tested thoroughly enough to know whether it will be safe or effective in the long term (2).The report goes on to state that it is still unknown how long any protection provided by the vaccine lasts (2).

Influence of Merck’s money on doctor recommendations

Merck’s 1 Less campaign, directed at every adolescent-aged female instead of those populations at greatest risk, combined with the generous education grants for professional medical associations like the American Medical Society (3) .These grants were made with the primary goal of obtaining physician encouragement of Gardasil vaccinations and proved successful as sales in 2008 were $1.4 billion worldwide (3). However,the relationship between professional medical associations and Merck raises questions concerning Merck’s aggressive anticancer campaign’s influence on the responsibilities these associations have to be impartial advocates for vaccinations (3).

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.