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Controversial STD drug tied to 16 more deaths
Posted By Bob Unruh On 09/28/2010 @ 8:50 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
The case report is terse about the 19-year-old woman who was given Gardasil, a vaccine intended to guard against a sexually transmitted disease, and reported, “Headache, nausea, dizziness, chilling, tiredness, shortness of breath, complained of chest pain, severe cramps.”
She died of “acute cardiac arrhythmia.” Said the report, “Attempts to resuscitate her resulted in a sternal fracture, but were unsuccessful and the patient died.”
That’s just one of the 16 new reports that have arrived since the middle of last year that document deaths linked to Gardasil.
“To say Gardasil has a suspect safety record is a big understatement. These reports are troubling and show that the FDA and other public-health authorities may be asleep at the switch,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, the government-watchdog organization that investigates and reports on government corruption.
“In the meantime, the public-relations push for Gardasil by Merck and politicians on Capitol Hill continues. No one should require this vaccine for young children,” Fitton said.
Judicial Watch launched a comprehensive investigation of Gardasil’s safety record in 2008 after the drug’s manufacturer, Merck & Co., began a major effort to lobby in state legislatures to impose requirements that girls be given their product. Eventually the Centers for Disease Control suggested the maker back off its campaign.
It was in 2008 when Judicial Watch obtained documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration documenting “anaphylactic shock,” “foaming at mouth,” “grand mal convulsion,” “coma” and “now paralyzed” descriptions of the complications from Gardasil. The drug is intended to address the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, believed by researchers to be an indicator for future cases of cervical cancer. The company wanted it to be mandatory for all schoolgirls.
At that time, the organization’s work uncovered reports of about one death a month, bringing the total death toll from the drug to at least 18 and as many as 20 at that time. The new report documents that there have been at least another 16 fatalities in the months since, along with 789 “serious” reports of reactions submitted to the FDA. Two hundred thirteen of the cases in the most recent reporting period resulted in a permanent disability and 25 resulted in Guillain-Barre syndrome.
According to Judicial Watch, the 19-year-old had “no medical history except occasionally cases [of] bronchitis.”
She was given Gardasil and died within 53 days, following health problems that included the long list documented in the federal report.
In another case documented for the current time period from May 2009 to this month, a 13-year-old girl was vaccinated and, 10 days later, developed fever.
According to federal reports she “did not recover and was admitted to the hospital. … She developed dyspnoea and went into a coma .. she expired [that day].”
Yet another documented case revealed a 10-year-old developed “progressive loss of strength in lower and upper extremities almost totally … nerve conduction studies [showed Guillain-Barre syndrome].” The case was considered “immediately life-threatening,” Judicial Watch said.
Merck officials did not respond to a WND request for comment.
Judicial Watch said federal documents reveal the mother of a 13-year-old who died 37 days after getting vaccinated reported, “I first declined getting her the vaccination but her doctor [assured] me that it was safe.”
Her daughter soon reported no feeling in her foot and a tingling in her leg. A doctor’s appointment was scheduled for Oct. 23, 2009.
“My daughter never made it to Oct. 23, which is also her birthday,” the mother wrote. “She passed on Oct. 17. I found her cold unresponsive in her room at 7 a.m.”
WND has reported on the aggressive push by Merck to lobby state legislatures to make the vaccination mandatory for schoolgirls across the nation.
In 2007 alone, Merck’s lobbying campaign and contributions to the Women in Government organization for women state legislators resulted in proposals in at least 39 states to institutionalize such vaccinations. Most of the campaigns failed.
Officials with the Abstinence Clearinghouse had noted at the time in a position paper that groups including the Texas Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine have come out publicly against mandatory vaccination.
“The reasoning of these medical associations is clear. They are not opposed to medical progress, and certainly support all efforts to combat life-threatening diseases. The problem, as these organizations see it, lies in the fact that the drug only went through three and a half years of testing, leaving the medical community somewhat in the dark as to what serious adverse effects might result in the long term,” the group said at the time.
“Along with the potential of serious adverse effects is the question of efficacy. There is evidence that, after approximately four years, the vaccine’s potency significantly declines. The long-term value of the vaccine has yet to be determined; if it wears off within six years, will girls and women need to repeat the battery of injections they originally received?” the organization wondered.
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