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Home-testing kits for HPV may soon be available for consumers

Posted: February 10, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Some home-testing kits for the human papillomavirus (HPV) can accurately detect precancerous cervical cells with almost the same accuracy as a clinical test and may soon be made available to patients by their physicians, a new European study announced.

Nearly 750,000 Gardasil vaccines recalled due to possible contamination

Posted: December 20, 2013 Recalls

Hundreds of thousands of Gardasil vaccines are being recalled because they may be contaminated with little bits of glass, according to a statement released by Merck & Co. While no injuries have been reported, if administered, the contaminated vaccines may cause health

Eli Lilly settles breast cancer lawsuit over DES pregnancy drug

Posted: January 14, 2013 Pharmaceutical

Eli Lilly and Co. has settled a lawsuit from four sisters who say its drug, DES, or diethylstilbestrol, taken by their mother during pregnancy to prevent miscarriage and preterm birth, caused them to develop breast cancer. The agreement could trigger

New study finds black women more prone to HPV infection, cervical cancer

Posted: April 4, 2012 Pharmaceutical

A new study conducted at the University of South Carolina indicates human papillomavirus (HPV) infections tend to last longer in college-age black females than in their white peers, potentially exposing them to a higher risk of developing cervical cancer.

Gardasil safety trials relied on “guesswork,” critics say

Posted: March 29, 2012 Pharmaceutical

Merck’s Gardasil human paillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could pose a significant health threat to the public because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relied on guesswork when it approved the drug, says Dr. Hanan Polansky of the Center for the

Less frequent pap testing won’t increase cervical cancer death rate, authorities say

Posted: March 19, 2012 Pharmaceutical

New guidelines established by the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force call for an end to annual Pap smear tests, recommending instead that women be tested once every three to five years. But as opponents of

Group offers support network for girls injured by Gardasil

Posted: March 8, 2012 Pharmaceutical

Girls who believe they have been harmed by Merck’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and their families shouldn’t have to feel alone when dealing with the devastating effects many people believe the drug can have, thanks to an international outreach of

Despite risks, pediatrics group now recommends Gardasil vaccine for boys

Posted: March 1, 2012 Pharmaceutical

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now including Gardasil® on its list of recommended vaccines for boys as well as girls, claiming the vaccine can effectively prevent the spread of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which in rare cases can

Gardasil risks, public outcry cause Gardasil mandates to lose steam

Posted: February 24, 2012 Pharmaceutical

In 2007, Virginia became the first state in the nation to mandate the Gardasil vaccine for girls entering the sixth grade. It was a reckless move by the state legislature – a $1-million effort financed by taxpayer money and fueled

Gardasil developer: risky HPV shots currently offer little to no benefit

Posted: February 21, 2012 Pharmaceutical

“The best way to prevent cervical cancer is with routine Pap screening starting at age 21 years. Vaccination cannot prevent as many cervical cancers as can Pap screening,” Dr. Diane Harper, one of the lead developers of the Merck’s Gardasil®