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"gardasil and cervarix updates"
 
http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2009/10/16/fda-approves-gardasil-vaccine-for-boys-cervarix-for-girls/


FDA Approves Gardasil Vaccine for Boys, Cervarix for Girls

GardasilThe FDA approved Merck’s Gardasil vaccine for use in boys and men ages 9-26, the company said today. The vaccine protects against some strains of HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer in women; today’s approval was for using the vaccine to prevent genital warts, which are also caused by HPV.

The vaccine is given in three doses, at $130 per dose — a price that may seem a bit high for reducing the risk of getting warts. But there are other theoretical reasons why there might be a benefit to vaccinating boys.

For one thing, because HPV is sexually transmitted, vaccinating boys might reduce the risk that unvaccinated girls would get HPV. For another, some types of cancer that occur in men have been linked to HPV, so vaccination might reduce the risk of developing these cancers. But neither of these possible benefits has been proven in clinical trials.

Also today, the FDA approved GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix for use in girls and women age 10 to 25. Cervarix is another HPV vaccine, and so is likely to provide some competition for Merck’s Gardasil, which until now has been the only HPV vaccine on the market in this country.

The FDA has raised concerns about a higher rate of miscarriages among girls and women who received Cervarix and said it couldn’t rule out a “small effect” on pregnancies, Dow Jones Newswires notes. The agency said it would require safety study to monitor the issue.

A CDC vaccine advisory committee meeting next week may vote on whether to recommend the use of Cervarix in girls and women. The committee may also vote on whether to recommend the use of Gardasil in boys and men.

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1. "RE: gardasil and cervarix updates"
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   I think this is great news! Heard it on the radio last week.

It still aggravates me though that they can only "theoretically" say that the vaccine in boys would help prevent the spread of HPV to females. And god forbid they'd mention the other cancers they can cause--head/neck/throat and doesn't HPV cause testicular and maybe other "male only" cancers? I know...if they haven't specifically tested the vaccine for those other cancers, they probably can't say. I just always feel like the burden is always on females. I notice they don't want to make the male vaccine mandatory either. Again, I get it--they feel like since in girls in can prevent cancer, it's better to make it mandatory and if, in boys, it's "only" preventing warts, how could they possibly force boys to get the vaccine...LOL, OK, I'm ranting, but it pisses me off. Where the fuck do they think most girls are getting the cancer-causing HPV from anyway? Mostly from boys, dontcha think? Grrrr....

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2. "RE: gardasil and cervarix updates"
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I think they are still trying to sell this from the protect from cancer standpoint instead of the why get unpleasing to the eye warts on your private parts in general. heaven forbid we specifically said anal cancer either to the menfolk...

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3. "Have you experienced a serious side effect from the Gardasil or Cervar"
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   You may be eligible to participate in a research study. We would like to know about your opinions on and experience with human papillomavirus (HPV) and the HPV vaccines (Gardasil and Cervarix). The study includes a survey an optional telephone interview.

To qualify for this study, you must:
(1) Be female
(2) Be between ages 18 and 26
(3) Live in the United States
(4) Have experienced a “serious adverse event” (side effect) you believe to be the result of the Gardasil or Cervarix vaccine. This includes:
- Life-threatening conditions
- Hospitalization
- Disability or permanent physical damage
- Birth defects
- Conditions requiring medical treatment or surgery
- Conditions that do not require medical treatment or surgery now but may in the future to avoid one of the above outcomes

To participate in the survey, visit: www.surveymonkey.com/HpvGardasilCervarix

This study is sponsored by the University of Arizona Department of Sociology. Please contact the Principal Investigator, Sarah Strand, at sstrand@email.arizona.edu for more information.

Sarah Strand, M.A.
Department of Sociology
University of Arizona


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