Gardasil Lawsuit Blames Vaccine For Seizures

Another lawsuit has been filed against Merck & Co., Aventis Pasteur Inc., American Home Products Corp., and Eli Lilly and Co for alleged neurological effects a Louisiana woman’s daughter is suffering following <"">Gardasil injection, wrote the Louisiana Record.

Roslyn Hymel, filed suit individually and on behalf of her daughter, Casie Green, alleging Casie received Gardasil vaccinations in July 2007 and January 2010 and is now experiencing neurological problems that include “seizures and unnatural motor reflexes, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue,” said the Louisiana Record.

Court papers indicate that defendants are accused of violating the Louisiana Products Liability Act for allegedly making, advertising, and selling Gardasil without conducting adequate testing and ensuring proper warnings, said the Louisiana Record. According to Hymel, Gardasil posed unreasonable danger because it did not include adequate and appropriate warnings regarding its use. Hymel accused Merck of putting profits over children’s safety and seeks damages for “emotional distress, hedonic damages, loss of consortium, including the care, comfort and society of her child and interest,” wrote the Louisiana Record.

Approved in 2006, Gardasil prevents four strains of HPV, two of which cause 70 percent of all cervical cancers. The other two HPV strains are responsible for about 90 percent of genital warts. The vaccine is approved for use in girls and young women, ages nine to 26. Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gardasil’s for use in males nine to 26 years old to prevent genital warts caused by HPV.

Since its approval, Gardasil has been the subject of controversy, some over safety. As of June 2009, 15 million girls had received Gardasil, with more than 14,000 recipients reporting adverse reactions. Complaints included reports of dizziness, numbness, and blood clots. Meanwhile, health regulators are looking at 43 reports of fatalities following Gardasil administration.

Last June, the FDA announced that the Gardasil label was updated to include more prominent warnings about fainting that can occur following administration of the vaccine. According to the agency, some Gardasil fainting victims have suffered from tonic-clonic (jerking) movements and seizure-like activity; some have fallen resulting in traumatic injuries. According to the agency, roughly 13 percent of Gardasil side effects reported to its Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) describe fainting.

This entry was posted in Pharmaceuticals. Bookmark the permalink.

© 2005-2016 Parker Waichman LLP ®. All Rights Reserved.