The vaccine is promoted as a protection against various types of cancer thought to be caused by the HPV virus, but none of the active ingredients have been approved under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Public Health Service Act, or the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act, according to their application for patent, reported the PPJ Gazette for Feb. 6, 2011.
In 2007, after the FDA’s 2006 approval of the drug, Judicial Watch posted reports of the adverse effects of the drug on its website, and President Tom Fitton said, "The FDA adverse event reports on the HPV vaccine read like a catalog of horrors. Any state or local government now beset by Merck’s lobbying campaigns to mandate this HPV vaccine for young girls ought to take a look at these adverse health reports."
Sales of the drug began to drop in 2007, as reports of adverse reactions persisted. According to LibertyNews Online:
...the CDC had posted hundreds of adverse events, seizure, headache, dizziness, weakness, balance difficulty, disorientation, slurred speech, weakness, tiredness fatigue, oral blisters and sores, rashes, fever, paralysis, vomiting, blurred vision, and death.
Despite the hundreds of reports of the drug’s injurious effects, the drug’s manufacturer, Merck, is waiting for FDA approval to make the vaccination a mandatory one for boys, too, as a preventative for a form of anal cancer. And the company still cannot point to a single test that proves either the link between HPV and cervical cancer, nor one that proves Gardasil will prevent cancer, according to Cynthia Janek, reporting on her study of the issue in Renew America.
What the drug does contain is high levels of aluminum and polysorbate 80, known to cause sterility in humans. The PPJ Gazette continued, "High levels of other neurotoxic chemicals and the presence of thimerisol, a derivative of mercury is said to be present although MERCK continues to deny that allegation."
As much conflict has arisen over mandatory vaccinations as over the drug itself. Few can forget when Texas Governor Rick Perry issued a surprise 2007 executive order requiring girls to receive the vaccine. His order bypassed legislative procedure, and Texas parents and other concerned residents protested so vehemently that the order was effectively blocked by state lawmakers. It was soon learned that Perry’s former chief of staff was a Merck lobbyist in the state capitol.
The same year, Virginia passed a measure requiring young girls to receive the vaccine, but on Jan. 11, 2011 the Virginia House of Delegates passed a resolution to discontinue that state’s vaccination requirements. If the Virginia State Senate approves the law, only Washington D.C. will remain with a mandate to administer Gardasil.
In the beginning Merck was helping finance campaigns to get states to pass legislation that would make it mandatory for girls as young as 11 or 12 to receive the vaccine and has "given money to Women in Government, an advocacy group that includes female state legislators throughout the United States."
If conflict of interest or health concerns aren’t enough to get Americans attention, it’s important to understand that Merck would never be held liable for any injury caused by the drug. The consumer-financed Vaccine Liability Fund was created to provide an alternative to taking vaccine injury claims to court. A claimant’s case is not heard in a regular courtroom and must be submitted to panel which determines the case’s merit before it even gets a hearing. Besides violating Constitutional due process, it protects drug manufacturers from prosecution.
Just one more reason national healthcare is a bad idea.