FOIA Lawsuit Filed Demanding Release of Compensation Information Paid to Gardasil Injury Claimants

Leslie Carol Botha: Judicial Watch has been proactive on this issue since Gardasil was introduced into the consumer market in 2006. HHS the FDA, and the CDC – have a lot of questions to answer – and this is just the beginning.

Other questions are:

  • Why allow a vaccine on the market responsible for ‘new medical conditions’ developed by 73% in the clinical trials?
  • Why allow a vaccine to prevent ‘cervical cancer to be marketed without HPV pre-screening knowing full well that exposure to HPV prior to vaccination will increase a girl’s chances of getting cervical cancer 44.6% after getting vaccinated with Gardasil and 32.5% after receiving Cervarix.
  • Why market a ‘cervical cancer’ vaccine against four strains of HPV when the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has not directly linked HPV to cervical cancer.

JW Seeks Answers to Payouts Made to Victims of HPV Vaccines

Judicial Watch Press Room
February 28, 2013

HPV Vaccine Gardasil linked to serious side effects, including seizures, paralysis, blindness, speech problems, short term memory loss, Guillain-Barré Syndrome and death 

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Obama Administration’s Department Gardasil doseof Health and Human Services (HHS) to obtain records related to the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), a program that compensates patients who have been adversely affected by certain vaccines, including Gardasil, the vaccine for the sexually transmitted disease human papillomavirus (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:13-cv-00197)).

Judicial Watch initiated an investigation of HPV vaccine Gardasil after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fast-tracked the vaccine for through the approval process in 2006. Since 2007, Judicial Watch has uncovered government records documenting thousands of adverse reactions associated with the vaccine, including seizures, paralysis, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short term memory loss, Guillain-Barré Syndrome and death.

Judicial Watch seeks the following records pursuant to its November 1, 2012 FOIA request filed with the Health Resources and Services Administration, a component of HHS:

1. Any and all records regarding, concerning, or related to the inclusion of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines as covered vaccines under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

2. Any and all records depicting the number of claims filed under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) for injuries or deaths allegedly associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.

3. Any and all records depicting the amount of compensation paid to claimants under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) pursuant to claims related to injuries or deaths allegedly associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.

HHS acknowledged receipt of Judicial Watch’s FOIA request on November 2, 2012. By law, HHS was required to respond no later than December 4, 2012. However, as of the date of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit, the agency has failed to provide responsive documents, indicate when a response is forthcoming, or notify Judicial Watch why the records should be exempted from disclosure.

VICP is a Health and Human Services program that compensates patients who have been adversely affected by certain vaccines. The HHS web site describes the program as a “no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system,” and it covers 16 specific classes of vaccines, including HPV vaccines which were added in 2007. The number of successful claims made under the VICP to victims of HPV will provide further information about any dangers of the vaccine, including the number of well-substantiated cases of adverse reactions.

According to the Annals of Medicine: “At present there are no significant data showing that either Gardasil or Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) can prevent any type of cervical cancer since the testing period employed was too short to evaluate long-term benefits of HPV vaccination.”

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The Judical Watch Complaint filed on Febraury 14, 2013 is posted on Scribd.

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.


  1. I’ve been waiting for this… In my opinion, Gardasil is one of the most dangerous drugs on the market! It’s bad enough that grown women are targeted for unnecessary and damaging procedures and surgeries. The way young girls (who haven’t even had a chance to grow into a women yet) are being targeted is unconscionable!!!

  2. Thank you for your comment Robin. There are thousands of women, girls and researchers around the world who have been waiting for this moment. There are many who are posting on this site about hormone imbalance issues who are just beginning to make the connection between the vaccine and their health.

  3. Gardasil was originally rejected by the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) in 2006.
    An article by Matthew Stevens in The Australian at the time (November 2006), reports the PBAC rejected Gardasil because it was “too expensive and, just maybe, not what it was cracked up to be anyway”.(1) Apparently,Tony Abbott, then the Australian Federal Health Minister “took to the airwaves, passing on PBAC’s concerns about the efficacy of Gardasil and even floating the bizarre idea that a misplaced confidence in the effectiveness of the vaccine might actually result in “an increase in cancer rates”.”
    According to Matthew Stevens very interesting report in The Australian, it took just 24 hours for the then Prime Minister, John Howard, to “put an end to the nonsense”, delivering “sparkling prime ministerial endorsement to Gardasil along with a clear direction to Minister Abbott that the immunisation program should proceed. And pronto.”
    So is this how important decisions on vaccination practice are made? On the whim of a Prime Minister in pre-electioneering mode? John Howard’s wife had cervical cancer.(2) Did this personal experience affect Howard’s decision? Was this appropriate considering the complexity of the issue?
    What sort of lobbying took place to overturn the PBAC’s original decision to reject Gardasil?
    This decision to add HPV vaccination to the Australian vaccination program for both girls and boys will impact on millions of children around the world.
    Getting a vaccine on the national schedule must be the ‘golden goose’ for vaccine manufacturers as this assures a mass market for their vaccine product. It also helps create a ‘domino’ effect as other countries follow suit and adopt the vaccine, creating a mass global market.
    No wonder Ian Frazer was willing to forego royalties from developing countries(3) – how much profit will he reap from sales of the vaccine to governments in developed countries?
    I suggest there should be an urgent independent investigation into the aggressive marketing of the Gardasil HPV vaccine.
    Elizabeth Hart – Challenging Big Pharma’s lucrative over-vaccination of people and animals
    1. Howard rescues Gardasil from Abbott poison pill. The Australian, November 11, 2006:
    2. How the Rudds profited from Janette Howard’s cancer scare. Crikey, February 22, 2007:
    3. “Ian Frazer as co-inventor of the technology enabling the HPV vaccine receives royalties from their sale in the developed world.” Catch Cancer? No thanks, I’d rather have a shot!. The Conversation, 10 July 2012:

  4. Thank you Elizabeth – Your opinions on this topic – and your diligent research are always welcome here.


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