On September 28th, Japanese lawyers presented their first oral arguments in a mass lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies and the central government over debilitating health problems from the cervical cancer vaccines Cervarix, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, and Gardasil, made by MSD. During the hearing, the government and pharmaceutical companies asked for the suit to be thrown out.
The plaintiffs argued that the government also bears responsibility for both approving the vaccines, without fully investigating their safety, and for recommending that young girls take the vaccines; sales of Cervarix began in December 2009, while Gardasil sales began in August of 2011.
During the hearing, multiple plaintiffs took the stand to explain how their health deteriorated (pain in various parts of their bodies, difficulty walking, impaired vision, sleep disorders) after taking the vaccines- all of which could have been avoided, since numerous reports about side effects, even deaths, were published overseas even before the vaccines were approved for use.
We expect nothing (sadly) less from Big Pharma.
From the article:
“According to the health ministry, about 3.39 million women had taken the vaccines as of the end of April. About 2,900 reports had been submitted by medical facilities and the pharmaceutical companies that indicated possible side effects. Of those cases, 1,600 were considered serious.”
In April of 2013, the government of Japan began actively recommending the vaccines for sixth-grader through first-year high school students but withdrew that recommendation two months later after a series of reports about health problems. And then, as if on cue, organizations like the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology got involved, urging the government to continue to push the vaccines. Even the WHO got involved in 2015 when they criticized the government’s decision, saying it was based on insufficient evidence.
Oh, and the defense counsel for MSD (Merck’s name outside the US and Canada) reminded everyone that Gardasil had been approved by 132 nations and that global health orgs had “certified its safety and effectiveness”.
(Well then. I suppose that settles it. Because after all, we know that huge organizations like that only do what’s in the best interest of the people.)
The portion of the lawsuit heard at the Fukuoka District Court involves 12 women, ages 16 to 22 (who received their vaccines between January 2011 and May 2013), who live in the Kyushu region and the prefectures of Yamaguchi and Okinawa- they are seeking a combined 180 million yen ($1.8 million) in compensation (nationwide, there are sixty-two plaintiffs seeking a grand total of 930 million yen in compensation). The remaining portions of the lawsuit will be held in the Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya district courts.
Representatives for GlaxoSmithKline had this to say after the court session: “The high preventive effects against cervical cancer have been confirmed medically and scientifically.”
We will watch this story as it continues to unfold. Our hearts go out to all the children and families who are suffering the effects of this horrendously unnecessary and unsafe vaccine.
(Caution: This video about HPV damage is hard to watch.)
Source: The Asahi Shimbun