Like some grotesque perversion of Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket, only 10 vials are believed to contain glass
December 31, 2013
In a report that unsurprisingly received little publicity, pharmaceutical giant Merck recalled some 743,000 vaccines earlier this month due to some being contaminated with glass particles.
“On December 16, 2013 CDC was informed by Merck that the company planned to implement a voluntary recall of one lot (lot J007354) of Gardasil® [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant], due to the potential for a small number of vials to contain glass particles as a result of breakage during the manufacturing process,” a news release on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website states.
743,360 vials were recalled, and Merck estimates – like some grotesque perversion of Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket – that only 10 of those vials are contaminated.
Affected vials were distributed between August 20 and October 9, and given the expansive time frame and how long it’s been, the Drug Recall Attorneys Blog suspects “it is likely that some patients have already received injections potentially contaminated with broken glass shards.”
Gardasil claims to somehow “help protect” against human papillomavirus, a virus which “nearly all” sexually active man or woman contracts at least once in their lives, and which the CDC admits “the body naturally fights off” “most of the time.”
“In fact, a recent study published in the journal Vaccine estimates that 90% of HPV infections are cleared from the body within 2 years,” writes Dr. Tyson Perez for GreenMed Info.
Last month, daytime TV host Katie Couric was lambasted by the mainstream media after inviting the mothers of young women who died after receiving Gardasil jabs.
“We guess ABC will do anything to bring Katie out of its ratings hole, because the HPV vaccine has been proven to be absolutely safe for girls,” The Atlantic Wire wrote. According to them, stories about people who died after receiving the vaccine mean it’s “absolutely safe.”
Couric also interviewed one of the researchers whose work helped develop the vaccine, Dr. Diane Harper. The University of Louisville professor hinted she’d reversed her position on the efficacy of the vaccine.
“..Gardasil doesn’t last long enough to prevent cervical cancer and HPV infections are something that women continue to get throughout their lifetime,” Harper said to Merck’s chagrin, adding that 10 to 15 percent of children up to age 11 already showed signs of HPV infection, indicating an “underlying infection rate already that’s there.”
Back in October 2012, a report in the British Medical Journal highlighted a case in which a 16-year-old girl experienced premature ovarian failure after receiving HPV vaccinations, and numerous instances of permanent disabilities and deaths have been reported as a result of HPV vaccines.
Despite the CDC admitting to “22,000 adverse event reports occurring in girls and women who received HPV vaccines” (more than 1,671 of which were categorized as “serious,”), legislation is being introduced in 42 states to either make the vaccine a requirement or fund HPV awareness.
“About 2 of those states enacted such legislation. New Hampshire provides the vaccination free of charge, and Virginia requires the HPV vaccine for all female students entering the sixth grade,” the Drug Recall Attorneys Blog reports.
Despite the seriousness of the charge, Merck is optimistic people who receive glass particle injections will only experience “mild reactions.” However, according to the Attorneys Blog, the law firm of Pintas & Mullins “are currently reviewing cases of serious injury caused by broken glass in vaccine vials.”