Spain: First case filed against HPV vaccine manufacturers and health authorities

By Alicia Capilla (President of AAVP)

AAVP-logo-Spain-smallAAVP, together with law firm Almodóvar & Jara, filed the first of a long series of lawsuits for damages caused by HPV vaccines. The complaint is filed in the High Court against health authorities and vaccine manufacturers.

The process of trying to find justice now begins for one of the Valencian girls who suffered an adverse reaction after the second shot of Gardasil in 2009. Spanish families whose lives have been adversely impacted by HPV vaccines have organized as the Association of Affected People by HPV Vaccine (AAVP to assist others in similar circumstances.

The well documented lawsuit is based on violations of the fundamental right to informed consent prior to medical interventions which all citizens have.

Parents whose daughters are vaccinated with Gardasil are not informed beforehand of the possible risks their daughters may suffer, despite the fact there are numerous reports in Spanish, European and American databases. Furthermore, most of the adverse reactions these girls suffered are included in the brochure/leaflet of the product.

The introduction of HPV vaccines into the market without their real effectiveness being known is another issue. The effectiveness has not sufficiently been proven and will not be demonstrated for decades.

Much of the damage these vaccines are producing is being hidden, despite the fact that pharmacovigilance systems around the world are collecting numerous reports of similar reactions.

Moreover, the Spanish Health Ministry withheld information from affected families by denying that the damage the girls suffered was legitimate and previously known via similar cases being reported to health authorities in various countries.

The  Spanish Ministry of Health, Sanofi Pasteur, and Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD), producers of Gardasil®, human papillomavirus vaccine, have a responsibility to report accurately and in a timely manner all data available at the time.

Health authorities around the world are trying to deny any causal relationship between HPV vaccines and adverse events occurring after vaccine use. In some cases, authorities say that the new medical conditions are psychological. This is a paradox because if people in different times and different places suffer a similar adverse reaction, it is undeniable that the cause is the vaccine.

The damage these girls have suffered and many continue to suffer were not all included in the leaflet at the time of injection. Some of them were included later. Others continue without being warned.

Based on data that the AAVP has examined, the number of suspected deaths and serious sequelae left behind after human papillomavirus vaccines is completely unacceptable.

As stated in the case filed, health authorities do not investigate the facts and their attitude is favoring manufacturers. They even accused the victims of suffering psychological disorders, which is not true.

This first case will be followed by another four within two months. The firm will continue to file additional cases, not only against Gardasil® but also Cervarix®, the other brand of the HPV vaccinemanufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.

Read this article in French here.



  1. Now Spain joins the growing list of countries where lawsuits are rolling in for damages caused by the vaccines. The tragic consequences of the HPV vaccines are affecting more and more countries around the world.
    Within a short time SaneVax has been contacted by many people in no less than 24 countries. They are people are deeply concerned and often struggling with injuries and permanently damaged health because of the vaccines. Some are in deep grief having lost a child due to the vaccines. Many are frustrated and in despair because of the inappropriate, even deceptive and cruel way they are treated by their health authorities and doctors.

    These vaccines have been shown to be dangerous and no evidence has been shown of effectiveness in preventing cervical cancer. The word “protection” is misleadingly used to lead the public to believe that the vaccines protect against cervical cancer, whereas they actually potentially temporarily protect against infection caused only by the virus strains which the vaccines target. This is certainly not proof that the vaccines protect against cervical cancer. Tragically, time may show that the vaccines actually increase risk of cancers.

    Parents and girls are often not informed beforehand of the possible risks of the vaccines. If they were, they would most probably refuse them!
    In effect it is not possible to make an informed consent because all the risks, especially long term are unknown – nobody knows them all.

    Autoimmune disorders may present symptoms a long time, up to years after vaccination and vaccines are tested for a short time. It is therefore almost impossible for doctors to find a link between an autoimmune condition and a vaccine.
    There is minimal information in package inserts about the risk of autoimmune diseases.
    There are about 100 autoimmune conditions including MS, lupus, diabetes 1, rheumatoid arthritis, narcolepsy, cancer, Guillain-Barre syndrome, psoriasis, Chrohn’s disease, etc

    Autoimmune conditions may affect many parts of the body: joints, muscles, skin, red blood cells, blood vessels, connective tissue, endocrine glands, etc
    There is no way of knowing beforehand who may contract autoimmune disorders and which ones from vaccines. A vaccine may cause one or several autoimmune disorders which may result in a wide array of adverse conditions.
    We may in fact conclude that informed consent is an impossibility.

    Statistics for potential risks are presented by the manufacturers and are biased.
    “If medical statistics were compiled by statisticians who had no interest in the outcome, the drug industry would topple into the dust” (Robert Catalano)

  2. Wow, no protection from tort liability for vaccine injury in Spain I guess.

    It will be interesting to see what kinds of evidence is presented.

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