You are here: Home >> English News & Features >> India

Cancer vaccine programme suspended after 4 girls die

DNMUM168502 | 4/8/2010 | Author : Vineeta Pandey | WC :334 | Health



The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has told Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat to immediately suspend the cervical cancer control vaccination programme for girls. The programme is part of a two-year study to look into the utility of a vaccine in public health programmes and acceptability of Gardasil, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine made by Merck. Gardasil, available in chemist shops across the country, is marketed in India by MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd.
The programme was marred by controversy after four deaths and complications among 120 girls were reported after vaccination. The girls complained of stomach disorders, epilepsy, headaches and early menarche. Women activists fear the vaccine may impact the mental health of girls who have shown no signs of distress so far.
Health ministry sources said the vaccination programme is being conducted by Gardasil, jointly with PATH, a Seattle-based NGO, ICMR and the two state governments. About 32,000 girls, aged 10-14, were to be tested in the study.
ICMR chief Dr VM Katoch clarified ICMR was only a technical partner, with an advisory role, in the project. But Katoch said they were checking out who was at fault.
Questioning the study, CPMleader Brinda Karat said: "How has the government embarked on the study of giving three injections to the girls when it is also planning a massive multi-centric dose determination study to see if two doses will suffice?"
For a drug to be administered to children, Karat said, it has to go through stages of clinical trial, including phase 3 adult clinical trials. With Gardasil, only one trial has been carried out with a small sample of 110 girls, which has followed up with them for a month after completion of vaccination and that too only to look at the immune response post-vaccination, Karat said. The vaccine has also been approved for adult women aged 27, Karat said, without any trials with them at all.
Karat also alleged scientific logic and ethical guidelines have been violated at each step during drug and vaccine trials.


Copyright restricted. Under license from www.dnasyndication.com
Add To Lightbox
Calculate Price

More on India

Newborn deaths: Maha to use foreign system
DNDEL9615 | 9/20/2017 12:00:00 AM | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :208

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government will use management practices followed by Malaysia to rein in neonatal deaths by monitoring the performance of the health officials concerned.
On Tuesday, Maharashtra cabinet decided to use Malaysian government
Add To LightboxCalculate Price

HRD Ministry to work on training tech teachers
DNDEL9616 | 9/20/2017 12:00:00 AM | Author : Kritika Sharma | WC :163

NEW DELHI: With questions being raised about the competency of those teaching engineering students, the Ministry of Human Resource Development is now working on a roadmap to improve training for technical teachers.
The National Institutes of Tec
Add To LightboxCalculate Price

People safe under this govt: UP CM
DNDEL9617 | 9/20/2017 12:00:00 AM | Author : Srawan Shukla | WC :166

Lucknow: Presenting a report card after six months in office, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claimed that his government removed the Jungle Raj of previous regime to make people, especially women and minorities, feel safe.
The Chief
Add To LightboxCalculate Price

Tejas loses its shine for passengers, demand dips
DNDEL9618 | 9/20/2017 12:00:00 AM | Author : Shashank Rao | WC :209

In May, the Central Railway (CR) authorities were excited about launching the premier Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express in the hope that it would be their gravy train, but the country’s first semi-high speed train seems to have quickly run out of steam. It ha
Add To LightboxCalculate Price