Merck suspends lobbying for Gardasil vaccine - page 3

found at merck suspends lobbying for vaccine pediatricians, gynecologists and even health insurers all call gardasil, the first vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, a... Read More

  1. by   RN Power Ohio
    The problem is really with the FDA - lack of regulation is causing serious problems with the safety of both our food and pharma!

    Fact: only 20% of the drugs we give our children are approved for use in children...children are not little adults there needs to be special attention given to them.

    Yes- let's let capitalism run free and allow markets to dictate- only problem most consumers are not able to be educated in some areas- quality, safety, efficacy. Individuals cannot make informed choices in unregulated markets.

    Corporations are not held the the ethical standards that medical professionals are- beneficience and non malfeasance mean nothing to big buisness. Especially Merck.....
  2. by   Katie82

    I appreciate you posting this new information. I hadn't been aware of any news of potential increased risks with the HPV vaccine until you posted it here.[/quote]

    I think the jury is still out on this one, I have heard short media blasts that some are questioning the true effectiveness. As a former Public Health Nurse who supervised a Teen Clinic, I have one major concern about this vaccine. The key to prevention is screening, screening, screening. My fear is that if girls get this vaccine, they will see no need to have another Pap Smear - ever. A pelvic exam is much more than a Pap - we tested for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and all the types of Vaginitis. Some of these have little or no symptoms, especially Chlamydia, which can cause PID and sterility if left untreated. It is highly contageous, and very common. With every clinic we held, I would find at least one or two positive chlamydias, usually to kids who were asymptomatic. I hate to see this vaccine lull us into a false sense of security.