Controversy revived by Gardasil the anti-cancer vaccine
Newscast Media PARIS—The anti-cervical cancer vaccine ‘Gardasil’ ignited debate
over the weekend after French teenager Marie-Oceane Bourguignon filed a lawsuit
against French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur and the country’s health
She claimed that extreme side-effects were caused by injections of Gardasil, a
vaccine against the human papilloma virus (HPV), when she was 15 years old.
Gardasil is made by Merck and sold throughout Europe by Sanofi.
Bourguignon is suffering from either an evolutive nervous system disease or multiple
sclerosis since February 2011, that she says is caused by the two vaccine injections
she had in October and December 2010.
However, Daniel Floret, the chair of the national committee that oversees
vaccinations, said Monday that there is no evidence linking Gardasil with serious
auto-immune conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
Three other women have announced that they will lodge a complaint against Sanofi
Pasteur over the alleged side-effects of Gardasil within the next two weeks.
But proponents of the vaccine say 2.3 million teenagers are targeted preventively
each year in France.
About 3,000 women will suffer from a cervical cancer every year.
Source: Radio France Internationale