[Edited to make the links clickable —Lance]
NC climbs onto the Gardasil bandwagon.
No, its not in the local news yet, but the "bug" has hit North Carolina in the form of S260.
This bill is just propaganda for the Gardasil vaccine. I urge you to contact lawmakers, the email addresses and sample message enclosed.
I discovered that NC lawmakers had been infected by the HPV/Gardasil bug by following references in the latest Washington Post article, and that led to more research:
"Parents Question the HPV Vaccine"
"Although the government approved Gardasil for women up to 26, it recommended routine administration to girls 11 and 12.."
Here's the deal - it started with the Gov of Texas, who mandated that all young girls be vaccinated with the Gardasil vaccine, supposedly to prevent HPV and cervical cancer.
It turns out that the Gov is being heavily lobbyied by Merck, the maker of Gardasil.
Merck stands to gain enormously from the sale of Gardasil: "A three-dose regimen of Gardasil, given over six months, runs $360 or more.."
Merck needs to sell this vaccine to make up for the losses caused by deaths and injuries from another medicine it rushed to the market, Vioxx.
North Carolina lawmakers wouldn't try to force Gardasil on our pre-pubescent daughters, would they?
Well, not force, but well meaning lawmakers are strongly recommending "vaccines":
Senate Bill 260
SECTION 1. G.S. 115C‑47 is amended by adding a new subdivision to read:
"(49) To Ensure that Schools Provide Information Concerning Cervical Cancer, Cervical Dysplasia, Human Papillomavirus, and the Vaccines Available to Prevent These Diseases. – Local boards of education shall ensure that schools provide parents and guardians with information about cervical cancer, cervical dysplasia, human papillomavirus, and the vaccines available to prevent these diseases. This information shall be provided at the beginning of the school year to parents of children entering grades five through 12. This information shall include the causes and symptoms of these diseases, how they are transmitted, how they may be prevented by vaccination, and places parents and guardians may obtain additional information and vaccinations for their female children."
Senate Bill 260 has a very innocent title
"Schools Provide Info on Cervical Cancer" but - bottom line is that parents will believe that they (as responsible parents) should get the vaccines available to prevent these diseases".
Guess which vaccine that would be? Gardasil? Made by Merck.
Never mind the warnings about the Gardasil vaccine:
HPV Vaccine Mandates Risky and Expensive
February 1, 2007, NVIC Press Release and Citations
Merck's GARDASIL Not Proven Safe for Little Girls, June 27, 2006, NVIC Press Release on GARDASIL aluminum content and clinical trials with reference citations.
Never mind that Sheila Krumholz, executive director, Center for Responsive Politics, talks about the lobbying efforts and legislative influence of the pharmaceutical industry."
Who should you call or write to and tell them to kill this bill that serves to endorse a unsafe and unproven vaccine?
S 260 was referred to the Committee on Health Care on 02/22/2007, so contact the committee members:
Send one email to the entire committee:
copy and paste all in the "to:" field of your email -
Or send a message to individual members:
Committee on Health Care Individual Members
Co-Chairman Sen. Stan Bingham firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Chairman Sen. William R. Purcell Williamp@ncleg.net
Vice Chairman Sen. Katie G. Dorsett Katied@ncleg.net
Vice Chairman Sen. Tony Foriest Tonyf@ncleg.net
Vice Chairman Sen. James Forrester Jamesf@ncleg.net
Sen. Bob Atwater Boba@ncleg.net
Sen. Doug Berger Dougb@ncleg.net
Sen. Harris Blake Harrisb@ncleg.net
Sen. Peter Samuel (Pete)Brunstetter Peterb@ncleg.net
Sen. Charlie S. Dannelly,Charlied@ncleg.net
Sen. Kay R. Hagan Kayh@ncleg.net
Sen. Fletcher L. Hartsell Fletcherh@ncleg.net Jr., Sen. David W. Hoyle Davidh@ncleg.net
Sen. Jim Jacumin Jimja@ncleg.net
Sen. Ed Jones Edwardj@ncleg.net
Sen. Eleanor Kinnaird Elliek@ncleg.net
Sen. Vernon Malone Vernonm@ncleg.net
Sen. Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr., email@example.com Sen. Tony Rand Tonyr@ncleg.net
Message to lawmakers:
Dear Senator ______
I urge you to block Senate Bill 260.
Lets not experiment with the health of our 11 and 12 year old girls.
It is too soon for our state to pass legislation that recommends vaccines that may not be safe, and may not even be effective. Merck, the manufacturer of one of these vaccines is reeling from lawsuits over damages and deaths caused by its last wonder drug - Vioxx.
Experts are warning that vaccines touted to prevent HPV and cervical cancer are not proven effective and pose serious safety risks to our children.
Lawmakers should not encourage parents to have their children receive vaccines that are not necessary and haven't been proven safe:
"If only 1 to 4 percent of all adverse events associated with GARDASIL vaccination are being reported to VAERS, there could have been up to 38,000 health problems after GARDASIL vaccination in 2006 which were never reported," said Fisher. "How many girls are really having short-term health problems associated with getting this vaccine that could turn into long-term neurological or immune system disorders? And how many will go on to develop fertility problems, cancer or damage to their genes, all of which Merck admits in its product insert that it has not studied at all? We just don't know enough to be mandating GARDASIL for anyone, much less vulnerable 11 to 12 year old girls entering puberty."
Jon Abramson, chairman of the committee that advises the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on immunization practices. who also is a professor of pediatrics and infectious diseases at Wake Forest University medical school, does not support mandating the vaccines.
According to the Washington post, "Abramson advised Merck & Co. not to lobby lawmakers over Gardasil. Merck disregarded his and others' suggestion, until its role became such a distraction that the company stopped two weeks ago.
'Politics are not a good driver of health-care recommendations,' Abramson said. 'Time will help us decide what's the best policy.'"
It isn't enough
Looking over the points in the first blockquote box, I'm not seeing the argument against vaccination. At most, you've got a good reason here to ask questions, but no compelling argument for taking action to stop S260. Point by point (with the original points in bold):
There are arguments against required Gardasil vaccination -- I've seen them presented on this website. And while my general sense is that there's less harm to be found in vaccinating girls against HPV than in not, I understand that others feel that the risk/benefit balance tilts the other way or is a close enough call that state governments should stay out of it.
I guess I'm saying that you'll get a lot more people to join in in your campaign if you really lay out the risk/benefit argument (as opposed to attempting to smear a vaccine by associating it with Texas, Vioxx and capitalism generally).
health risks to our 9 year old daughters biggest concern
The legislation should be warning about the dangers of the vaccine, not recommending the vaccine.
This vaccine, (just like Merck's Vioxx) has been rushed to the market thanks to big Pharma's influence on Govt. It has not been properly studied, and not studied for long enough.
How about these "side effects" for your 9, 10 and 11 year old daughters?
Gardasil as a cause of HPV?
How about the effect on the Medicaid budget for a vaccine that costs $360.00 per patient,
and that we don't know if it works or if its safe?
What or who will have to be cut out of Medicaid to pay for Merck's latest cash cow? Some poor children?
NC is struggling to cover the CHIPS program now:
Again, the "rushed to market" claim without any evidence
Some number correcting, here.
You take the 14% incidence of syncope and 8% incidence of GBS as if they're the entire study population, when in fact they are only of the 385 reported events through VAERS, which is a hell of a lot smaller than 14% of the thousands studied. 14% of 385 is 54 patients, and 8% is 31. This misuse of statistics is common in scare tactics.
And I'm calling bullshit on this one:
NVIC also found that there were several VAERS reports of HPV infection, genital warts and cervical lesions after GARDASIL vaccination.
Gardasil is a recombinant vaccine. This means that there are no live, attenuated viruses or no killed viruses used in the making of the vaccine. The various surface antigens are synthesized in yeast -- not even in HPV viral cell lines!! -- and purified. It's NOT INFECTIOUS.
More likely is that they had been infected prior to vaccination (or during the series of injections) and not known it. I'd hope they ran blood tests to see if they were exposed to HPV prior to the study; otherwise it's not very well-designed.
I saw something about this that broke down the amount of people that get HPV, and how often that becomes cervical cancer. It was some new study that showed the rates of HPV to be higher but the cancer rate to be lower.
Anywho, ignoring the science I dont understand it mentioned something very important. 85% of those that died from cervical cancer never got a Pap smear.
Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition
"Keep the Faith"
Still another reason we need
Universal Health Care. What woman doesn't get a pap smear? A woman who can't afford to go to the doctor.
Back to the vaccine, so this comment won't be totally OT - I think there is a big difference between requiring a vaccine and making a vaccine available. I would be interested to hear the pros and cons of the vaccine itself. How can we weigh the risks and benefits if we are only told what the benefits are, and not the risks, or the rate of occurence of unfavorable consequences, or even what age patients the vaccine has been tested on?
Unexplained deaths, birth defects
The Illinois Vaccine Awareness Coalition raises serious concerns, including questions about some unexplained deaths:
"Vaccination ..not substitute for ..screening"
• Vaccination does not substitute for routine cervical cancer screening. Females who receive GARDASIL should continue cervical cancer screening.
Total straw man
Can you identify one person saying that vaccination IS a substitute for screening? If not, what's you point?
And the rest of the straw family?
Here we go again
this time I am ducking and covering.
Man, I am digging a deeper hole
you are welcome in, if you need... I will cut you a fighting step even.
bring your own shelter half.
I'm just gonna do this:
write to my reps in SUPPORT of the legislation. Neener neener.
Yeah but . . .
you're just a ding-dong pharmacist. Whaddayouknow?
I've just got one thing to say to that.
My Child Is NOT a Guinea Pig
If you think our government won't allow unwilling people to test vaccines - read this book.
Come back, and we'll discuss it.
they haven't finished studying it yet, but full speed ahead!
Still studying the vaccine, what parents would let their children be used as guinea pigs?
So in a perfect world
We wouldn't be studying any medicines that are out in the market? This is just a bit loony -- is there a personal side to this story that we're missing here?
"Phase 4 trials"
is what we call them. Plenty go on every day; normally it's nothing formal, but FDA has an adverse reaction reporting page for non-biologicals, too.
The vaccine was given a priority review, which means the FDA made a decision in 6 months of its final submission. Biologics follow a different procedure than other drugs, so all the dates and INDs and NDUs aren't on the site.
FDA approved VIOXX too, Fox in the Henhouse
So now Merck has HPV, or Help Pay for Vioxx losses.
Under a bizarre law enacted in 1992 known as PDUFA (Prescription Drug User Fee Act) the FDA receives over half the money it needs for new drug approvals from Big Pharma itself – a system more akin to Big Pharma paying the mob for protection than the FDA ensuring drug safety for the public. This law must be renewed later this year and already the FDA is asking for even larger sums of money from Big Pharma. The fox is indeed buying the keys to the henhouse. Life and death hang in the balance.
And every drug that has saved a loved one from suffering, death
The FDA approved those too, those bastards!
Sorry to be late to this thread but I had heard this on NPR earlier in February:
Glaxo actually had the first, but it was limited to 2 strains
they are quickly working on 2nd and 3rd generation vaccines that will be therapeutic as well as prophylactic making Gardisil obsolete.
Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.
Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.