Merck Pays Medical Associations to Promote Gardasil
The news about Gardasil keeps getting worse. A report has recently come to light revealing that docs from as many as three respected medical associations accepted money from Merck to promote this dangerous and unnecessary vaccine.
According to the authors of the report, the American College Health Association (ACHA), the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) all accepted money from Merck and then subsequently promoted the vaccine using practically the same strategy as Merck's marketing department.
One doctor who was part of the testing for Gardasil said that Merck "was able to influence opinion leaders in the medical field to promote the vaccine without presenting any downsides."
And with Gardasil, the downsides are many.
The FDA has received reports of as many as 32 deaths associated with the vaccine since September of 2007. But there's now a more recent report, also published in JAMA, which says that the CDC has analyzed as many as 12,000 incidents of adverse side effects caused by this inoculation.
Yet despite the controversy, the ASCCP actually encouraged its membership to lobby "state and federal agencies to pay for the vaccine."
You read that right: a group of doctors was being goaded into practically becoming lobbyists to get the government to start paying for what I can only assume would be mandatory Gardasil vaccinations.
Merck has admitted that it provided $199,000 to the ACHA, $300,000 to the ASCCP, and $250,000 to the SGO to fund "education efforts." I can promise you that this is less money than Merck spent to get their ad agency to generate even one TV commercial for Gardasil.
For less than $1 million, three medical associations peddled their reputations and legitimacy to a pharmaceutical company.
And your daughters and granddaughters are the ones paying the price.
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