Suffered Harm from Gardasil? You may have a Lawsuit.
Gardasil and Paralysis / Death – Possible Lawsuits
If you or a loved one took Gardasil , and suffered nausea, vomiting, seizures, paralysis, autoimmune disorders, or other serious medical problems, you may be entitled to compensation.
New safety concerns are arising amid accusations that the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer in girls, Gardasil, can cause devastating side effects.
Gardasil, which promises to prevent cervical cancer caused by the Human Papillomavirus, is taken by millions of girls and women.
It’s now alleged that the drug has paralyzed three girls, and the maker of Gardasil, Merck, is facing two major lawsuits.
Merck and the FDA are denying the allegations, claiming Gardasil is practically side-effect free.
According to online reports, a 2007 analysis by Judicial Watch of Gardasil reports revealed that there had been at least 3,461 complaints of adverse reactions to the Gardasil vaccine. Since the Judicial Watch review, those reports now total 8,000 and include nausea, vomiting, seizures, paralysis, autoimmune disorders and 18 deaths which are under investigation due to the timing between the receipt of the vaccine and the young women’s deaths.
UPDATE: there have now been over 9000 adverse events reported (http://www.fda.gov/cber/safety/gardasil071408.htm). Twenty deaths have been reported the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.
Gardasil was approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in June 2006. At the time, Merck said clinical trials had proven the vaccine to be between 90-100% effective in preventing the transmission of some strains of HPV.
Recently, the FDA refused to approve the use of Gardasil in women ages 27-45, but Merck is working to convince the agency to approve it for boys.
If you or a loved one took Gardasil , and suffered nausea, vomiting, seizures, paralysis, autoimmune disorders, or other serious medical problems, you are urged to complete our claim form so you may speak to one of our Attorneys who specialize in prescription claims.
Act now, as delays can harm your case.
Common Gardasil Side Effects
Gardasil has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, with many people having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to side effects that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. Based on these studies, the most common Gardasil side effects include:
- Pain in the area of the injection — occurring in up to 83.9 percent of people
- Swelling in the area of the injection — up to 25.4 percent
- Redness in the area of the injection — up to 24.6 percent
- Fever — up to 13 percent
- Headache — up to 12.3 percent
- Nausea — up to 6.7 percent
- Dizziness — up to 4 percent
- Diarrhea — up to 3.6 percent.
Other common side effects with Gardasil that were reported in more than 1 percent of people include, but are not limited to:
- General ill feeling
- Joint pain
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Sore throat
- Upper respiratory tract infection (such as the common cold)
- Muscle pain
Gardasil Side Effects to Report
There are several side effects of Gardasil that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
- Very high fever
- Weakness, tingling, or paralysis (which may be signs of Guillain-Barré syndrome)
- Signs of an allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, wheezing, an unusual skin rash, itching, or hives.
As with other vaccines, fainting has been reported after some individuals were given Gardasil. It is recommended that patients be observed for 15 minutes after the vaccination, to make sure that fainting does not occur in a dangerous situation (such as while driving).
Rare Gardasil Side Effects
There are other Gardasil side effects that can occur. These side effects happen in very few patients taking Gardasil. For these side effects, it is difficult to tell whether the side effect is because of Gardasil or something else.
Some of these rare Gardasil side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, usually involving vomiting or diarrhea
- Appendicitis, which is an infection or inflammation of the appendix
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which is an infection or inflammation in the pelvic area that can lead to infertility and other problems
- Asthma or bronchospasms (airway spasms)
- Blood clots in the legs or lungs
- Guillain-Barré syndrome.