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

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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. Researchers with the Unit of Cancer Epidemiology at the Scientific Institute of Public Health in Brussels said, however, that the home tests are not a foolproof method of detecting precancerous growth so they would not recommend that the tests be used as an effective way of diagnosing HPV. The test does hold promise as being an effective public health tool, much ... Read More

Nearly 750,000 Gardasil vaccines recalled due to possible contamination

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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 complications such as a reaction at the injection site. Nearly 750,000 vaccines are involved in the recall, however Merck says only about 10 vials may have been affected. The problem stems from a breakdown in production. The affected vaccines were distributed in the United States and Puerto Rico between Aug. 20, 2013 and Oct. 9, 2013. Nearly half of the ... Read More

Eli Lilly settles breast cancer lawsuit over DES pregnancy drug

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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 more financial settlements in as many as 50 similar lawsuits waged against Eli Lilly and other drug companies who sold DES. DES is a synthetic estrogen that was used during the 1930s through 1970s. It was eventually pulled from the market after it was found to cause a rare vaginal cancer in the daughters of women who took the drug ... Read More

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

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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. Dr. Kim Creek, vice-chair and professor of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences at South Carolina College of Pharmacy in Charleston, told HealthDay his study of HPV infection amongst women enrolled at the University of South Carolina suggests black women “are more likely to have persistent high-risk HPV infection.” HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause genital warts. If left untreated, ... Read More

Gardasil safety trials relied on “guesswork,” critics say

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 Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD), a not-for-profit organization devoted to understanding the underlying causes of cancer and other systemic diseases. That guesswork, Dr. Polansky says, involved Merck scientists using “surrogate endpoints” in clinical safety trials of Gardasil rather than focusing on the effect of the HPV vaccine directly on the development of cancer. Clinical drug trials that aim to demonstrate ... Read More

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

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 the Gardasil human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have pointed out, Pap tests are the best protection against cervical cancer resulting from human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. So why would trusted medical authorities call for less Pap screening? Dr. Michael LeFevre, co-vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, told the Associated Press that studies demonstrate the cervical cancer death rate is ... Read More

Group offers support network for girls injured by Gardasil

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 volunteers who can help answer questions and provide emotional support. The Guardian Angels, a support group encompassing 23 states and eight countries (including the United States), is made up of 42 volunteers who share knowledge and even personal — in some cases tragic — experience with the Gardasil vaccine. “We would eventually like to have a Guardian Angel in every ... Read More

Despite risks, pediatrics group now recommends Gardasil vaccine for boys

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 lead to genital warts and cervical cancer. It’s a significant win for manufacturer Merck, which had positioned the vaccine to be its next big moneymaker after it had to pull its blockbuster drug Vioxx from the market in 2004 over safety concerns. Although the AAP has maintained that Gardasil® is appropriate for boys, until now the shot has never been ... Read More

Gardasil risks, public outcry cause Gardasil mandates to lose steam

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 by the pharmaceutical lobby that did nothing but turn the 11-year old girls of that state into guinea pigs. Fortunately, Virginia’s House of Delegates voted 62-34 to rescind the law earlier this month, and other would-be Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine mandates are losing traction in areas such as Washington D.C., Florida, and Texas, where they had become hotly contested political ... Read More

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

“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® and GlaxoSmithKline’s Ceravix® human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, told truthaboutGardasil.org. Dr. Harper also told the organization that the vaccines prevent abnormal pap tests, not cervical cancer. In 2009, Dr. Harper stunned an audience of medical professionals when she announced that, in her opinion, vaccines given to prevent HPV provided little to no benefit for most patients. Since then, Dr. Harper has ... Read More