Thousands of people have reported deaths and serious injuries after receiving the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Lawsuits allege that the vaccine’s FDA approval, which required only six months, was “fast tracked” based on fraudulently misleading research which Merck conducted. One of the main Gardasil clinical trial investigators even claimed the approval process “went too fast.”
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Do I Qualify For A Gardasil Lawsuit?
You may be eligible for financial compensation in a Gardasil lawsuit if you or a loved one experienced one of the following adverse events after receiving Gardasil:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Movement disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Interconnective tissue disorders
- Chronic pain syndromes such as chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Birth defects
- Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia – CIN 2/3
- Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
- Inflammatory disorders
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
- Chronic fatigue syndromes
- Pulmonary embolisms
- Heart issues such as severe arrhythmia or heart attacks
- Multiple sclerosis
- Small fiber neuropathy
- Rheumatological disorders
- Reproductive disorders such as premature ovarian failure
And, the adverse effect:
- Lasted for at least six months after vaccination, or
- Led to inpatient hospitalization and surgery, or
- Led to death.
Severe Side Effects Linked To Gardasil
Gardasil’s clinical trials revealed numerous severe side effects which the vaccine’s package insert does not disclose:
- A death rate of 8.5 per 10,000 occurred in the clinical troubles, which is almost double the normal death rate for women aged 15 to 24.
- 10.9% of women given Gardasil experienced breast and reproductive disorders within 7 months, compared to 1.2% in the placebo group.
- Women given Gardasil gave birth to five babies with congenital abnormalities, compared to zero in the control group.
- A miscarriage rate of 25% was seen in those given Gardasil, which is double the rate seen in American women under 30.
The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) database contains over 64,000 reports of adverse reactions to HPV vaccines, including over 9,600 serious adverse events and 547 deaths. The vast majority of the adverse reactions are linked to Gardasil. An estimated 1 percent of serious adverse events are actually reported to the system.
Aren’t Vaccine Makers Immune To Lawsuits?
You may have heard that vaccine manufacturers cannot be sued for side effects caused by their vaccines, but that is wrong. The following steps allow one to bring a civil lawsuit against a vaccine manufacturer under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act:
- File a petition with Vaccine Court;
- Wait 240 days for Vaccine Court to resolve the petition, or wait for a Vaccine Court judgment;
- Opt out from Vaccine Court after 240 days, or reject Vaccine Court’s judgment and file a civil lawsuit against the manufacturer of the vaccine.
The Allegations Against Merck
Gardasil is marketed as safe and effective for the lifetime prevention of cervical cancer. However, it appears that not only is there is no scientific proof for the claim that it prevents cervical cancer, it may actually be more likely to cause cancer in people previously exposed to HPV than to prevent it.
Worse yet, it appears Merck is aware of and intentionally hides the fact that Gardasil can cause a wide variety of serious side effects, including autoimmune diseases and death.
“Merck’s own preliminary studies predicted that Gardasil would kill and injure far more Americans than the HPV virus,” a lawsuit claims.
Lawsuits claim Merck committed fraud by advertising that Gardasil was effective at preventing cervical cancer when no evidence exists to prove this.
While Merck advertised Gardasil as effective at preventing cervical cancer, the data its FDA approval was based on actually only showed that it was effective at preventing pre-cancerous conditions which typically resolve on their own without ever turning into cancer.
A lawsuit even claims Merck’s lawyers told their marketing department that marketing the vaccine as effective at preventing cervical cancer was illegal.
“The reason for choosing vaccination against HPV was to prevent cancer but there’s no clinical evidence to prove it will do that,” said Dr. Tom Jefferson of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.
It appears Merck claimed Gardasil is safe and effective for the treatment of cervical cancer when it is actually dangerous and there is actually no evidence it can prevent cervical cancer.
Lawsuits claim Gardasil contains dangerous and undisclosed ingredients.
Gardasil contains a toxic aluminum adjuvant known as amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate (AAHS). Federal law mandates that drugmakers can’t add adjuvants which haven’t been proven safe to vaccines, and AAHS is a strong neurotoxin which can cause serious harm. Peer-reviewed studies demonstrate that aluminum can bind to proteins or latent viruses, triggering autoimmune disorders and a plethora of other serious side effects.
Lawsuits claim Merck lied to the FDA and the public about secret DNA fragments in Gardasil, illegally omitting it from its list of ingredients and substances in the vaccine. This DNA adjuvant is not FDA-approved and it is not listed in Gardasil’s ingredients as mandated by federal law.
Independent scientists found DNA fragments in every sample of Gardasil tested. Merck first denied but then admitted that the fragments are in Gardasil, but Gardasil’s labeling still does not disclose the DNA fragments. A lawsuit claims these DNA fragments “appear to have played a role in” a teenager’s death.
Gardasil contains sodium borate (Borax), a toxic chemical. Merck has not studied the effect of injecting Borax into people.
Gardasil contains Polysorbate 80, which is associated with health injuries such as cardiac arrest, infertility and anaphylaxis. Polysorbate 80 was implicated as a cause of anaphylaxis in Gardasil patients in an Australian study.
Gardasil contains genetically modified yeast. Yeast has been linked with autoimmune conditions.
How Lawsuits Claim Merck Concealed Gardasil’s Risks
It appears that Merck actively concealed Gardasil’s risks through its research process, falsely enhancing its safety profile by doing numerous things, including:
Using too small of clinical trials: 9 to 12-year-olds are HPV vaccines’ primary target population. However, the only study which compared children receiving a vaccine to those who did not involved less than 1,000 children. This means the study could not possibly discover all injuries which could happen due to the vaccine.
Using a toxic placebo: It appears Merck intentionally used a placebo containing AAHS as a control in order to conceal Gardasil’s risks. A vaccine’s side effects don’t look problematic in a study when they’re happening at similar rates in the control group because the control group is given a toxic ingredient that is also in the vaccine. It appears Merck exploited the side effects caused by the toxic placebo, claiming that “new medical conditions” which affected 49% of trial participants were just coincidences since they happened in the control group.
It appears Merck even lied to study participants and the FDA when it told them that it used a saline placebo instead of a placebo containing AAHS.
Exploiting exclusionary criteria: Merck appears to have intentionally excluded women with vulnerabilities they knew might be aggravated by the vaccine from the study to avoid revealing how the vaccine affects these vulnerable people. Women could be excluded from Merck’s research for any “condition which in the opinion of the investigator might interfere with the evaluation of the study objectives.” This intentional gray area obviously gave investigators broad authority to classify wide swaths of conditions as exclusionary.
Conditions which caused volunteers to be excluded from the study included abnormal Pap tests, a history of immunological or nervous system disorders, or allergies to vaccine ingredients such as enzymes, yeast and aluminum. Limited public resources exist regarding allergy tests for most of these allergies in advance of vaccination.
Merck excluded all people with serious medical conditions from their research even though Gardasil is recommended by the CDC for everyone, regardless of serious medical conditions.
Blocking injury reports and masking long-term side effects: Merck appears to have only provided “Vaccination Report Cards” to about 10% of participants in some of their research, the report cards only included categories of non-serious reactions and Merck told participants to record information on them for only 14 days post-injection. Merck likely did this to intentionally mask any long-term side effects which wouldn’t show themselves until after 14 days post-injection.
Manipulating Gardasil’s most important clinical trial: The pivotal trial in terms of Gardasil’s FDA approval, Protocol 018, was a study where Merck claimed they gave the participants a saline placebo when they, in reality, gave them a control containing polysorbate 80, sodium borate, genetically modified yeast, L-histidine and possibly DNA fragments, according to lawsuits.
The FDA considered Protocol 018 the most important Gardasil trial because they thought Merck used a “true saline placebo” and it was the only trial with a control including girls aged 11 to 12 – Gardasil’s target age.
Merck appears to have intentionally cut the dose of AAHS in half when giving the vaccine to the nine to 15-year-olds in Protocol 018, leading to this group showing a much lower number of “new medical conditions” compared to other protocols. Lawsuits claim Merck knew this would happen because they knew AAHS is toxic.
Merck Knew Or Should Have Known Of Gardasil/Autoimmune Disease Link
A 2015 textbook, Vaccines and Autoimmunity, says that scientists found the strong immune stimulating ingredients in Gardasil can cause autoimmune disorders. A February 2020 peer-reviewed study found that Gardasil was associated with a nearly two-fold increased risk of the autoimmune disease POTS. Gardasil’s labeling does not warn of the risk of autoimmune disease.
Merck appears to have known Gardasil was dangerous but failed to warn the public about it. It is negligent to not warn the public about a danger when you know or should know about the danger, and Merck knew or should have known Gardasil was associated with autoimmune disorders by at least 2015.
Gardasil Gives Vaccines A Bad Name
Vaccines are a sensitive topic in today’s world. Nadrich & Cohen is not against vaccines. Vaccines have enormous potential to save millions of lives. We do not, however, support intentionally misleading the public about the safety of vaccines. We believe Merck has intentionally mislead consumers about the safety of Gardasil, and we intend to hold them accountable for this deception.
Nadrich & Cohen has tremendous experience handling dangerous drug litigation. We have obtained numerous multi-million dollar recoveries for dangerous drug clients, and we’ve been holding drug manufacturers accountable for their negligence since 1990.
We will only charge you a percentage of your recovery if we obtain a recovery for you. We will not charge you a fee if we don’t obtain you a recovery.
Call us today at 800-718-4658 for a free consultation. You may be eligible for financial compensation.