GlaxoSmithKline, along with MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. (subsidiary of Merck) the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization ( Indian Drugs Controller) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have been implicated in a writ filed by Kalpana Mehta, Nalini Bhanot and Dr Rukmini Rao President of the Gramya Resource Centre for Women.
The writ, accepted by the Supreme court of India, outlines serious allegations regarding the trialing of the HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix on thousands of girls between the ages of 10 and 14, in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. The court has asked the government of India to file it's response to the petition with immediate effect.
The writ claims that both Gardasil and Cervarix were illegally brought into the States by the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) and administered to Indian children before safety and efficacy was established.
The writ also states:
"...according to studies done by the multinational companies abroad, a certain percentage of subjects in the PATH trialling of the HPV vaccines have either suffered serious systemic adverse reactions or autoimmune disorders’ post HPV vaccination. They believe there may be as many as 500 girls In Andhra Pradesh and 700 others in Gujarat may have suffered a serious adverse event or immune disorder."
Kalpana Mehta, Nalini Bhanot and Dr Rukmini Rao also allege the following:
- There was an undisclosed international agenda between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), PATH and the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide a platform for marketing the HPV vaccines in the private and public sector.
- BMGF, PATH and WHO were criminally negligent trialling the vaccines on a vulnerable, uneducated and under-informed population school administrators, students and their parents who were not provided informed consent or advised of potential adverse effects or required to be monitored post-vaccination.
- The Government of India was provided false safety and efficacy data and that the HPV vaccines were licensed without adequate research.
- Merck & Co Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline and were negligent in their denial over the presence of viral DNA in the vaccines. Experts have recognized that the risks associated with recombinant vaccines (genetically modified microbes) are not completely known. It is universally accepted, however, that they can cause infections and tumours including cancer.