Gardasil : premières demandes d’indemnisation/Gardasil: initial claims

Le Monde

Prominent French Newspaper

July 11, 2011
Emeline Cazier

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Rives (Isère), Digne-les-Bains (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), Special Envoy – Their mothers do well and believed to protect against this evil which they heard about on TV, radio, and even the movies : cancer of the cervix. The problem is that Gardasil, the vaccine marketed in France by Sanofi Pasteur MSD since November 2006, has transformed their lives into a nightmare, Agnes and Laura provide Laëtitia Celli, aged 16 and 20. The first lives in Rives, in the Isère. The second to Digne-les-Bains in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. They tell a newspaper suspended unpredictable crises of paralysis, headache and stomach pain unbearable.

Friday, July 8th, they sent a claim to the regional commission of conciliation and compensation for medical accidents (RCCI) in Lyon, on which they depend. They are the first, but “others will follow,” warns the Council of girls, Mr. Charles Joseph Oudin, who has made a name for the case Mediator. The lawyer expects to be retorted that autoimmune diseases develop without warning, “but here, the time factor is troubling, he anticipates. The first crisis came after the injections, while these adolescents were healthy, and there is no family history. “Their physical and psychological injury should be taken into account, he assures. “The hospital have put their studies in parentheses, and are anxious in how the disease will evolve.”


Laura Agnes dreamed nurse. “The doctors now advise against all vaccines. But for this job, some are required,” said his mother, Stephanie Agnes. Sensitized by the TV spots, she has decided to vaccinate her daughter, in 2009, the year of its 14 years, “to protect her. She did not ask, I poisoned. Figures I was arrested. For information, they showed that women who have cancer. I thought they had still not released the vaccine in the dark. ”

The first crisis comes just weeks after the first injection. Tingling, followed by paralysis in the left leg. Laura Agnes takes three months to regain normal use of his leg. A second injection, when the elbow is hit, the neurologist suspected a genetic disease, but found nothing. Blood tests are good. “Meanwhile, my daughter goes to school as she can,” said his mother. Laura’s third doubles. After a first hospitalization in September2010, doctors conclude that a chronic polyradiculoneuropathy. Two other hospital follow. “It does not cure it, but it relieves” says Agnes.

For Laëtitia Celli, it is also his mother who pushed her to get vaccinated. “So she did not, despairs Celli Rachel, wife of a policeman. But they damn scared me with their messages.” Side effects appear on the evening of the first injection. Fever, nausea, dizziness. A second, Laëtitia Celli, then 1st, describes “the stabbing in the belly” “It was unbearable. Dizziness, vomiting came suddenly, all two or three days. I had to get out of class.” The third injection “is a bomb: instead of having days where I felt good, I was wrong continuously. It had become unmanageable. I could not stay in class, we opted for CNED “.

Doctors in Digne-les-Bains the head to Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhone) where specialists do not find anything. “So they do not believe me. Some speak of a relationship problem with my mother, or stress due to the assistance of medicine. But I’m not making. I was dynamic, I played sports, I saw my friends, and, overnight, it became hell. I can not even go to the movies, the light bothers me. At 20, I do have other things to do, right? ” The two mothers describe a complicated family life. A holiday that does more for fear of another attack.


In response, Sanofi Pasteur MSD refers to the French Agency for the Safety of Health Products (AFSSAPS). The authority has received 1700 notifications for Gardasil, which, like any new drug registered in Europe, was the subject of a risk management plan. These notifications concern “febrile mainly occurred in the days following the injection,” sums up Bernard Delorme, head of information for patients and the public.

Cases of autoimmune diseases have been identified, “but not more than for other vaccines, he said. The proportion of serious adverse events is the same as that which occurs naturally in this segment of population.” For these girls to be compensated, the experts of the RCCI will establish a link between the vaccine and the symptoms described. This relationship, no doctor has yet formally established.

In the case of Laura Agnes Hospital Voiron (Isère), however, mentions a “chronic polyradiculoneuropathy, probably due to the injection of Gardasil.” And pharmacovigilance center of Grenoble, after observing the “chronology of appearance” side effects, said it was “prudent, given the risk / benefit ratio, to recommend against the third injection of Gardasil.” As for Laëtitia Celli, she seized the RCCI “so that finally someone is beginning to [the] believe and find a solution to [his] suffering.”

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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.