Wednesday, April 4, 2012

HPV Vaccines Caused Permanent Disability to Hundreds of Women

Hundreds of women who suffered permanent disability after receiving shots of HPV vaccines recently filed a lawsuit against its manufacturer, Merck.

The said vaccine was commonly referred to as Gardasil. It is used to prevent women from having HPV which can cause genital warts and even cervical cancer.

At least 213 women, headed by Naomi Snell, filed a lawsuit against Merck after they experienced different autoimmune and neurological complications following the injections of the HPV vaccine.

Complications suffered by the women include convulsion, severe back pain, neck pain, paralysis, anaphylaxis, miscarriage, strokes, vision impairment, and worst is permanent disability and fatal reactions.

Snell is only 28-year old when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which was later linked to a neurological reaction to the HPV vaccine. Same case also happened to the other women who joined and about to join in the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs claim that they weren’t warned about any possible side effects of the vaccine before they were given with the shots which come in three injections.

A document obtained by public interest group Judicial Watch from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows that there are 26 recent deaths reported to the government related to HPV vaccination.

The said class-action civil lawsuit set against Merck for personal injuries and deaths after taking Gardasil shots may help a lot in bringing more awareness to people about the risk of the said vaccine.

Meanwhile, such company is no longer a stranger to lawsuits. In fact, the company paid billions to other lawsuit claimants harmed by its other drugs. Unfortunately, in US, Merck is protected from civil lawsuits for HPV vaccine and injuries due to the liability shield provided by the US government to pharmaceutical companies.

Nevertheless, those victims of said HPV vaccine who sustained permanent disability will most likely receive social security disability income or SSI, since their complication demonstrated a severe, ongoing physical impairment which is far possible to improve under any circumstances.