Gardasil Payouts: Window Into How Government Can “Fix” Health Care And “Promote” Science

You read a story like this one in the Washington Times (“US court pays $6 million to Gardasil victims”), and all you can think is: These are the geniuses who are going to fix what is wrong in health care?

“Judicial Watch announced it has received documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has awarded $5,877,710 dollars to 49 victims in claims made against the highly controversial HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines. To date 200 claims have been filed with VICP, with barely half adjudicated… The CDC recommends the Gardasil vaccine, made by Merck Pharmaceuticals, for all females between 9 and 26 years to protect against HPV. Furthermore, the CDC says Gardasil is licensed, safe, and effective for males ages 9 through 26 years. The facts appear to contradict the FDA’s safety statements. The adverse reaction reports detail 26 new deaths reported between September 1, 2010 and September 15, 2011 as well as incidents of seizures, paralysis, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short term memory loss and Guillain-Barré Syndrome. The documents come from the FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) which is used by the FDA to monitor the safety of vaccines. That’s 26 reported deaths of young, previously healthy, girls after Gardasil vaccination in just one year.”

Even apart from the reports that Gardasil causes definite harm, consider its own label: that it has “not been evaluated for carcinogenicity or impairment of fertility.” (2007 [227] p1986 ). The government thinks every female from nine to twenty-six years old should be shot up with this substance and they are still ignorant about possible side-effects? Given the fact that only a tiny minority ever get cervical cancer, it is completely possible that the vaccine might actually increase cancer rates. By what mathematical formula did our government calculate that it was supposed to push this drug on the populace?

Furthermore, the government is plainly running ahead of the consensus, manufacturing a consensus that outspends and out-regulates the consensus in the medical community:

“From its inception, the use of HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases has been hotly disputed.  According to the Annals of Medicine: ‘At present there are no significant data showing that either Gardasil or Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) can prevent any type of cervical cancer since the testing period employed was too short to evaluate long-term benefits of HPV vaccination.’”

This has implications far beyond Gardasil itself.

Recently our president received praise from the media for becoming, suddenly, the Neurologist in Chief by saying that the government was going to get the brain mapped. Everyone pretended to believe that the government is the source of all progress in science. There are a few stories that are repeatedly told to back this up (perhaps, the polio vaccine).  But all the counter evidence is left on the cutting room floor. The Government can’t really promote “science.” All it can support is spending on stuff that scientists want. And as soon as a funding conduit is created, suddenly all the research is done to get the most funding. This is a recipe for premature conclusions and junk science.

Likewise, with Obamacare, we now have the government even more involved in medicine. Looking at Gardasil, one has to ask: Aren’t these people the last ones we should trust to make medical decisions?