Gardasil HPV Vaccine – How Safe is it?
Gardasil is a drug developed by Merck & Co as a vaccine for certain strains of human papilloma virus (HPV). The vaccine has recently come under scrutiny as a result of studies linking it with a number of potentially fatal side effects.
Marketed as a preventative measure against the spread of HPV-induced cervical cancer, Gardasil gained approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006. Studies have determined that approximately 80% of all women will have been exposed to multiple strains of HPV by age 50. HPV vaccines like Gardasil have therefore been developed with the intent of providing a safeguard to women starting as early as age 11. The unfortunate reality of such vaccines is that they may potentially do more harm than good.
HPV vaccines like Merck & Co’s Gardasil have recently been added to the list of vaccines covered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The vaccine compensation program was established in 1986 to provide monetary aid to victims of vaccine side effects.
Gardasil Side Effects
Although approved for use by the FDA, Gardasil has been associated with a number of serious side effects. More than 3,400 complaints of serious Gardasil side effects and complications have been registered, including eight deaths that are being investigated in relation to use of Merck & Co’s HPV vaccine.
Some of the commonly reported Gardasil side effects include:
- Blood clots
- Bells palsy
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
Pregnant women taking the Gardasil vaccine have also reported experiencing serious side effects. Almost half of the pregnant women who received Merck & Co’s HPV vaccine experienced fetal abnormalities, the most serious of which resulted in spontaneous abortion.
Drug manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the safety and efficacy of their products before marketing them for public consumption. Failure to do so is considered negligent and grounds for personal injury litigation. The Pensacola personal injury attorneys of Aylstock, Witkin Kreis & Overholtz handle national litigation across the United States for victims injured by defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices. They have successfully represented and obtained substantial compensation for a number of patients who have been harmed by drugs. Contact AWKO law today at (844) 794-7402 to get more information about your rights as a Gardasil injury victim.