Lawsuit claims 16-year old girl died two days after final Gardasil shot

Drug Injury Blog

April 22nd, 2010 joshua

A newly-filed lawsuit in a U.S. claims court blames the HPV vaccine Gardasil for the death of a 16-year-old Missouri girl.

Gardasil has been blamed on more than 12,000 serious injuries in young women who’ve received the injection. The drug is marketed as an effective treatment in the prevention of human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer.

The drug treatment was approved in 2006 and was quickly hailed as a necessary vaccination for all young women. However, this rush to judgement resulted in thousands of young women suffering slight side effects like faining and redness at the injection site, to more serious problems like serious swelling, stroke and in several cases, death.

Future research has discovered the strain of HPV that Gardasil is designed to prevent is not too common among women, and that the vaccine was not as effective as once thought.

Gardasil was even lobbied for as a possible mandatory vaccine in some states. It garnered its maker, Merck, at least $1.4 billion in 2008, at a time when it was defending itself from thousands of lawsuits claiming injuries and deaths from its failed painkiller drug Vioxx.

In this latest case against Gardasil, a 16-year-old girl died just two days after receiving an injection of the drug, the last in her series. The victim collapsed in seizure at a parking lot after receiving the injection.

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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.