View Full Version : FDA Approves Cervical Cancer Vaccine

06-09-2006, 11:06 AM
The first vaccine against cervical cancer will be available to girls as young as 9 later this month.

Its manufacturer, Merck & Co. Inc., is already taking orders for Gardasil. The three-shot series costs $360.

The newly approved vaccine works by preventing infection by four of the dozens of strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease. The Food and Drug Administration licensed it for use in girls and women 9 to 26. It's still being studied in males.

Gardasil protects against the two types of HPV responsible for about 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. The vaccine also blocks infection by two other strains responsible for 90 percent of genital wart cases.

"FDA approval of the HPV vaccine, the first vaccine targeted specifically to preventing cancer, is one of the most important advances in women's health in recent years," said Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, president of the American Cancer Society.

The vaccine developed for hepatitis B has been shown to protect against liver cancer.

Whether Gardasil enters routine use depends on what the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends at a June 29 meeting. The panel's endorsement is critical.


06-09-2006, 11:22 AM

06-09-2006, 02:34 PM
thats crazy!

06-09-2006, 06:49 PM
So lemme get this straight, they cured some herpes, most genital warts and some cancer caused by both in 1 Vaccine?.... Awesome.