There's nothing wrong with drug makers publicizing their products and their benefits, but the lure of lucrative government contracts can prompt them to play fast and loose. In lobbying state lawmakers to make its latest vaccine mandatory, Merck has greatly exaggerated both the threat of a disease, and the ability of a drug to prevent it.
The drug in question is Gardasil, a vaccine for four types of human papillomavirus, two of which are responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil last year for use against HPV in females aged 9 to 26. Texas, New Mexico and Virginia have all recently mandated HPV vaccination, and Colorado might be next.
Full story: https://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_5489466
Submitted by Rick Randall, be sure to catch him on April 2 discussing this subject on the radio Channel 88.9