January 2011 Archives

January 31, 2011

Merck Vaccine Gardasil Linked to 56 Deaths in the U.S.

Gardasil, the popular HPV vaccine, has been linked to 56 deaths in the United States as of September 30, 2010. Over 17,000 adverse side effects have also been reported, some of the more serious side effects including blood clots, epilepsy, miscarriages, and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a nerve disorder that can cause muscle weakness and paralysis.

Gardasil, manufactured by Merck, got FDA approval in 2006 to help protect against certain strains of HPV (Human Papillomavirus), which can lead to cervical cancer in females and genital warts in males. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 32 million doses have been given in the U.S. Gardasil is commonly used for females ages 9-26, but as of October 2009 when the FDA approved use of the vaccine in males, it has also been used by males ages 9-26. Merck also manufactured Vioxx, the painkiller that was recalled because it allegedly caused thousands of deaths from heart problems and strokes.

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