[SaneVax: In 2010, India suspended clinical trials of Gardasil and Cervarix after the unexplained death of four tribal girls. Currently there is a plea before the Supreme Court of India requesting the licenses to market and sell Gardasil and Cervarix be revoked because the drugs are unsafe and permits were granted without adequate research being conducted.]
Sikkim to go slow on multimillion cervical cancer vaccine project
By Debasis Saikar, ET Bureau
SILIGURI: Government of Sikkim’s had a project to provide free cervical cancer vaccine for young girls in the state. But following involvement of Indian Supreme Court into a legal process over the safety factor of the drug concerned, the state has decided to go slow on it putting the already troubled multimillion vaccine deal further deep under uncertainty.
“We are not at present scrapping our project to give all girls this cervical cancer vaccine free of cost. But, now we will wait to learn properly what exactly the Supreme Court says on this. What the technical experts say about safety factor of the drug,” said Sikkim Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling. “We must be very careful about the health of our people. No compromise can be accepted on that,” He added. Understandably, a good volume of Government purchase of the vaccine goes under uncertainty with this. (emphasis added)
According to Sikkim health department sources, name of the vaccines concerned are Gardasil or Cervarix. These are claimed to promote prevention against type 16 and 18 of Human papillomavirus ( HPV) , those cause 70% of cervical cancer in women.