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Merck's Potential Misrepresentation of Gardasil's Efficacy

In 2006, Merck began heavily marketing a misleading campaign that its Gardasil vaccine was a safe and effective way to prevent HPV infections. However, evidence has arisen that the Gardasil vaccine causes serious and disabling side effects. Plaintiffs claim the Gardasil vaccine’s manufacturer did not provide adequate warning of possible side effects associated with the product and that Merck fraudulently concealed evidence about the health risks of the vaccine while at the same time misrepresenting that Gardasil could prevent cervical cancer. Specifically, lawsuits have been filed against Merck for issues such as failure to warn, manufacturing defect, and negligence.


What Is the Gardasil Vaccine?

The Gardasil vaccine developed by Merck was marketed to protect against the human papillomavirus (HPV) and can be received by anyone from ages 9 through 26 years. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. More than 150 strains of the virus exist, and while most infections resolve on their own, more than 40 strains can cause cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first-generation Gardasil vaccine in 2006 and the newer Gardasil 9 vaccine, which aims to protect against more virus strains, in 2014. Merck obtained a fast-track FDA approval for Gardasil with deceptive research trials, concealing material facts about the effectiveness and safety of Gardasil.

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Why Should You Choose The Lanier Law Firm for Your Gardasil Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one suffered side effects from Merck’s Gardasil vaccine, a trusted legal team can help. The Lanier Law Firm wants to hear your story and help you pursue legal action. We know what it takes to stand up to big pharma companies like Merck and win. We won the first-ever verdict against Merck, leading to a $4.85 billion national settlement over Merck’s drug Vioxx.

At The Lanier Law Firm, we understand pharmaceutical liability, and we know Gardasil.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Multiple lawsuits against Merck for serious side effects stemming from its Gardasil vaccine are pending. There are now approximately 60 active Gardasil lawsuits pending in the Gardasil class action MDL in the Western District of North Carolina. An influx of new cases are expected to be filed at some point in the near future as previously filed Gardasil claims clear the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program process.

On December 16, 2013, the CDC was informed by Merck that the company planned to implement a voluntary recall of one lot (lot J007354) of Gardasil Vaccine due to the potential for a small number of vials to contain glass particles as a result of breakage during the manufacturing process. Then again, in October 2020, Merck issued an urgent voluntary vaccine recall of Gardasil 9 belonging to Lot R030456. Merck recalled Gardasil, a temperature-sensitive vaccine because units were stored at inappropriate temperatures.

Many have complained of negative side effects after receiving Merck’s Gardasil vaccine. Complaints range from dizziness and fainting to developing autoimmune disorders and even death. According to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), there have been 64,000 adverse events reported against Gardasil in the United States alone. Of these, nearly 10,000 have been serious negative events, including 547 deaths.

After the FDA fast-track approval of the Gardasil 9 vaccine in 2006, the original Gardasil vaccine was phased out of the U.S. Market; and is no longer available for sale in the United States. The last doses of Gardasil-4 expired on May 1, 2017. Since late 2016, Gardasil 9 is the only HPV vaccine distributed in the U.S.

Contact Our Award-Winning Team of Pharmaceutical Liability Lawyers Today

If Merck’s Gardasil vaccine against HPV has harmed you or a loved one, you may have legal options even if you’re experiencing Gardasil side effects years later. The Lanier Law Firm is committed to holding pharmaceutical companies accountable. Schedule a free consultation with our experts to get answers to your questions and more information about your options.

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