Panel to probe ‘vaccine deaths’

India Express

Posted: Monday , Apr 12, 2010 at 0124 hrs New Delhi:

Following reports that ethical guidelines were violated during the clinical trials of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, meant to prevent cervical cancer, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday constituted a three-member committee to look into the matter.

The inquiry committee comprising Dr S P Aggarwal, former Director General of Health Services (DGHS), Dr Suneeta Mittal, Head of the Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, leading clinical pharmacologist will submit its report within two months.

“The vaccine programme will remain suspended till then,” a senior ministry official said.

The programme was started in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. However, it became a matter of concern after the vaccine, Gardasil, reportedly led to the death of four girls who were administered the dose in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh.

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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.