Gardasil Side Effects Injury Lawsuits. Our firm is investigating instances of serious side effects linked to Gardasil, including blood clots and deaths. Since Gardasil was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an HPV vaccine, its maker, Merck Inc., has undertaken an aggressive campaign to convince families to have their daughters undergo Gardasil vaccinations. Even though reports of Gardasil side effects are increasing, the FDA has refused to review the safety of this vaccine. Our lawyers are offering free consultations to anyone who suffered serious complications from Gardasil. The lawyers at our firm also meet with victims’ families and will diligently work to make sure Gardasil victims receive the compensation they deserve.
Gardasil was approved by the FDA in June 2006. At the time, Merck & Co., the maker of Gardasil, represented that clinical trials had proven its vaccine to be between 90-100% effective in preventing the transmission of some strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer. The approval of Gardasil was much hyped, with Merck claiming that Gardasil had the potential to eventually eliminate most cervical cancers. The investigation conducted by our Gardasil side effect lawyers has concluded that the FDA erred in its rush to approve Gardasil and, it its haste, did not study the vaccine’s possible side effects thoroughly.
What our firm has found particularly disturbing are Merck’s attempts to force Gardasil vaccines on young women. Following its approval, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that all young girls between the ages of 11 and 12 receive the Gardasil vaccine. Recently, 20 states pushed for a federal mandate making Gardasil mandatory for sixth-grade girls.
Merck was more than happy to echo the CDC recommendations, and actually began an intensive lobbying effort to convince state health authorities to make Gardasil vaccinations mandatory for young girls. Merck’s heavy-handed promotion of Gardasil has been effective, and some analysts estimate that Gardasil could net the company as much as $1.4 billion in its first full year on the market.
Gardasil Linked to Blood Clots, Miscarriages and Deaths
Since its approval, Merck has claimed that Gardasil is practically side effect free with pain at the injection site being the most common complaint. However, a 2007 Judicial Watch analysis of the FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has revealed that Gardasil has not been as side effect free as claimed. Oddly, Judicial Watch was only able to obtain the FDA’s reports on Gardasil after a Freedom of Information Act request with the agency.
Since its approval, there have been at least 3,461 filed complaints of adverse reactions to the Gardasil vaccine. According to the “Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System,” as of January 31, 2010, there have been 49 U.S. reports of death among females who have received Gardasil. According to Judicial Watch, several instances of blood clots were reported to have occurred after the administration of Gardasil.
Other side effects including paralysis, Bells Palsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and seizures were also reported. Our Gardasil side effect attorneys believe that even these Gardasil adverse event reports could be underestimating the true number of serious Gardisil side effect incidents that have actually occurred. For that reason, we are seeking to speak with anyone who experienced serious Gardasil side effects.
Gardasil has also been linked to an increased instance of fainting following administration of the vaccine. From 2002-2004 there were a total of about 50 reports of vaccine-related fainting. But from 2005 until last July, reports of vaccine-related fainting spiked to about 230. About 180 of those cases followed a shot of Gardasil, according to the CDC.
The Gardasil side effect reports also include 28 women who miscarried after receiving Gardasil. In May 2007, a 24-year-old woman suffered a miscarriage, which an investigator in a report issued to the federal government said, may have been caused by Gardasil because the patient received the injection within 30 days of the pregnancy. In July 2007, a 17-year-old girl from Texas was unaware she was pregnant when she got her second dose of Gardasil. She miscarried, but the cause of the miscarriage has not been determined, according to a report.
The reasons for two other miscarriages in Florida in 2007 – one by a 16-year-old and another by a 24-year-old both – are undetermined, according to reports. But it is known that both women had Gardasil vaccinations shortly before the miscarriages. If you or someone you know suffered a miscarriage following the administration of Gardasil, it is important that you contact one of our Gardasil side effect lawyers in order to protect your rights.
Most disturbing among the Gardasil side effect reports are those that involve the deaths of young women. Three young women in the US died shortly after receiving Gardasil, while two other women in Europe also died after the vaccine was administered. Despite all of these reports, Merck continues to market Gardasil as virtually side-effect free. Our Gardasil side effect lawyers believe that Merck has misled the public about Gardasil’s potential dangers, and our law firm intends to hold Merck accountable for these dangerous Gardasil side effects.