India has suspended the use of HPV Gardasil vaccines due to deaths

American Chronicle

by Christina England

April 11, 2010

It seems that the HPV vaccine Gardasil manufactured by Merck, has been in the spotlight again this week, as the news pours in that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has decided to immediately suspend it’s cervical cancer control vaccination programme for girls. The action was taken after 4 girls died and 120 were injured after receiving the vaccine.

DNA India reports

“The programme is part of a two-year study to look into the utility of a vaccine in public health programmes and acceptability of Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine made by Merck. Gardasil, available in medical stores across the country, is marketed in India by MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd.

The programme was marred by controversy after four deaths and complications among 120 girls were reported after vaccination. The girls complained of stomach disorders, epilepsy, headaches and early menarche. Women activists fear the vaccine may impact the mental health of girls who have shown no signs of distress so far.”

This news comes as no surprise to the many USA girls and their distraught parents who have been reporting these side effects for four years now. So far in the USA there have been 17781 adverse reactions and 66 deaths reported to VAERS and yet still this vaccine is being marketed.

One report brought my attention to the fact that the lesser figure of 52 deaths were attributed to unintended acceleration in Toyotas, which triggered a $2 billion recall and yet 66 deaths in the USA and a reported 17781 adverse reactions does not even make Merck or the USA Government feel a little uncomfortable. It just goes to show that Toyota have more scruples than the USA Government and Merck put ogether.

In fact many companies have more of a conscience when it comes down to the safety and protection of the public than the USA Government and Merck.

In November 2009 Maclaren recalled one million pushchairs due to a dozen children having their fingertips cut off. It was interesting to read that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) advised parents in America to stop using them immediately

Sky News reported:-

“There have been 15 cases of children placing their finger in the hinges “resulting in 12 reports of fingertip amputations”, a joint statement from the firm and the CPSC said.

A Maclaren spokesman added: “Consistent with our unwavering commitment to child safety we are providing US consumers notice of a voluntary recall of all Maclaren umbrella strollers sold in the US.

In co-operation with the US CPSC, we are providing free of charge to all affected consumers and retailers a kit to cover the stroller’s hinge mechanism, which poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.

The voluntary recall is to alert the operator when opening or closing the stroller of the possible risk of injury.

Safety is our first priority and through this voluntary effort we urge consumers to contact us immediately to obtain the kit which consists of hinge covers designed specifically to fit all Maclaren strollers.”

Another company concerned with children’s safety is Fisher Price. In 2007 Fisher Price recalled the Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and other children’s toys due to the fact that the surface paints on the toys ‘could’ contain excessive levels of lead.

In the case of Fisher Price, no children were injured. Again this recall was in league with the CPSC to ensure the safety of children.

So where is the CPSC in the sale of Gardasil? The safety of our children is being put at risk with this vaccine. So far we have reports of the following numbers of adverse reactions.

USA 17781

Australia figures from 2009 stated 1476

Germany the figure 1000 from a while ago

Denmark 114

India 120

Spain more than 580

These are the figures without the countless number of deaths worldwide. So why is it then that India is the only Government brave enough to suspend the HPV vaccination programme?

Child Health Safety says

“India has suspended the cervical cancer vaccine programme after 4 girls died in India and amid allegations of exploitation of participants and violation of ethical guidelines during the earlier “clinical trials” of the HPV vaccine according to a front page story in India´s newspaper, The Hindu and widely reported in other media: Centre halts HPV vaccine project Aarti Dhar Thursday 8th April 2010.

The HPV vaccine has been associated with serious adverse effects with high levels of reported adverse reactions.  Death and debilitating illness have been claimed but officials do not acknowledge an association:”

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