Gardasil Researcher Says Better Warning on Side Effects Needed

News Inferno

August 20, 2009

A lead Gardasil researcher says more complete warnings should be given to patients before the vaccine is administered. In an interview with CBS News, Dr. Diane Harper also criticized Merck & Co.’s aggressive marketing of Gardasil.

As we’ve reported previously, Dr. Harper has dedicated two decades of her career to research on the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer. She served as a researcher on study trials for Gardasil and another HPV vaccine, Cervarix. Dr. Harper has also been a paid speaker and consultant for Merck.

Dr. Harper’s ties to Merck and Gardasil have not affected her objectivity in regards to the vaccine. While Dr. Harper has said she is convinced HPV vaccines can help prevent cancers in the long-run, she has been critical in the past of Merck’s efforts to have Gardasil declared a mandatory vaccine in many states.



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.