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Panel Unanimously Recommends Cervical Cancer Vaccine for Girls 11 and Up
The New York Times, 6-30-06

Editor's Notes:

The latest news of the federal recommendation of widespread distribution of Merck's new vaccine for cervical cancer, Gardasil, is promising for women around the world. As part of the recommended list of vaccines, Merck's new drug Gardasil will be placed in the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program, a spot that will limit Merck's liability exposure and encourage further drug distribution and research.

A federal vaccine advisory panel voted unanimously yesterday to recommend that all girls and women ages 11 to 26 receive a new vaccine that prevents most cases of cervical cancer.

The vote all but commits the federal government to spend as much as $2 billion alone on a program to buy the vaccine for the nation's poorest girls from 11 to 18.

The vaccine, Gardasil, protects against cancer and genital warts by preventing infection from four strains of the human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted disease, according to federal health officials. The virus is also a cause of other cancers in women.

Gardasil is manufactured by Merck and should be available within days. Girls as young as 9 can receive the vaccine if doctors wish, the panel voted.

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