I imagine all the women and girls and Texas are breathing a huge sigh of relief since they no longer have to worry their pretty little heads about whether to get the Gardasil vaccine.
Gardasil, a prophylactic human papillomavirus vaccine, may prevent some forms of cervical cancer and other and other diseases caused by certain types of HPV. The vaccine will cover approximately 70% of HPV-related cervical cancer cases.
Texas was one of 18 states considering the heavy campaign by Merck---the manufacturer of Gardasil---to require the vaccine. Merck doubled its expenditures on lobbying in Texas, and hired Perry's former chief of staff, Mike Toomey, to lead the lobbying effort.
According the the Drudge Retort:
Laws could mean billions in sales The New Jersey-based drug company could generate billions in sales if Gardasil -- at $360 for the three-shot regimen -- were made mandatory across the country. Most insurance companies now cover the vaccine, which has been shown to have no serious side effects.
Cathie Adams, president of the conservative watchdog group Texas Eagle Forum, said the relationship between Merck and Women in Government is too cozy.
"What it does is benefit the pharmaceutical companies, and I don't want pharmaceutical companies taking precedence over the authorities of parents," she said.
Adams said Merck's method of lobbying quietly through groups like Women in Government in addition to meeting directly with legislators are common in state government but still should raise eyebrows. "It's corrupt as far as I'm concerned," she said.
I agree. HPV is not a public health issue; it's a private health issue. Therefore, the decision must be left up to each individual.
Edited to add: For more information, also see Texas Gov. orders anti-cancer vaccine.
copyright 2007 Julie Pippert
Tags: Texas Governor Rick Perry,Executive Order February 2, 2007,,Merck Gardasil HPV vaccine,