Gardasil in court: drug’s maker sued

Courier Mail

Brigid O’Connell
From: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
October 23, 2011 12:00AM

A MELBOURNE woman who suffered an auto-immune and neurological attack after being injected with the cervical cancer drug Gardasil is leading a class action against its manufacturer.

And another seven Victorian women who are considering joining the court case against Gardasil manufacturer Merck, say they have suffered anaphylaxis and physical breakdowns as a result of the vaccine.

One attributed her miscarriage in her local supermarket to the injections.

Naomi Snell, 28, said her life was put on hold for more than two years after she lost the ability to walk, battled crippling back and neck pain, and suffered convulsions that started soon after her first injection in July 2008.

“I never attributed it to my vaccine so I went back for my second and third dose,” Ms Snell said.

“My doctors said I was a case for Dr House. They were baffled.

“They did actually diagnose me with Multiple Sclerosis, but have since retracted that and said it was just a neurological reaction to the vaccine.”

It wasn’t until she read an article about a Sydney neurologist uncovering Gardasil as a potential cause of MS-like symptoms in other women that she made a timeline of her deterioration from reports from her doctors and physiotherapist.

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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.