Apologies for my lack of writing lately — I have been extremely busy with work and offline life. After tonight, things should go back to normal.
Anyway, looks like I was right about Gardasil not having an uphill fight:
A government advisory committee is recommending that all 11- and 12-year-old girls get a new vaccine to prevent the sexually transmitted virus that leads to most cases of cervical cancer. Moreover, the vaccine will get federal funding under the Vaccines for Children program.
Additionally, the vaccine can be given to girls as young as 9.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, ACIP, convened by Centers for Disease Control, also recommended routine use of the vaccine for women between the ages of 13 and 26 regardless of the status of pap-smear tests that measure precursors to cervical cancer.
This is good news for Merck, and for all women. Glad to see the religious
retardsright was not able to derail Gardasil recommendation. This part stood out to me, because it notes that the decision was really a non-event:
In a note this morning that preceded the meeting, Timothy Anderson, pharmaceuticals analyst at Prudential Equity Group, had called the decision “a formality.”
Hooray common sense!
[tags]Medicine, pharmacy, Gardasil, Merck, politics, religion[/tags]