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Thursday, July 22, 2021

The Gardasil Vaccine Lawsuits Keep Piling Up


Photo Courtesy of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman

Drug company nemesis, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, lawyers filed a lawsuit yesterday on behalf of a 22-year-old Abigail “Abby” Stratton of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina who developed postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and other serious health problems after receiving the Gardasil human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Abby was a healthy and active young woman before receiving a Gardasil jab in November of 2017. Within weeks of this jab, she developed serious and debilitating health conditions. Eventually she was diagnosed with POTS and autonomic dysfunction that her attorneys allege were caused by the Gardasil vaccine.

Lawyers Bijan Esfandiari, Nicole Maldonado, Michael L. Baum, Monique Alarcon, and co-counsel Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. filed the Gardasil lawsuit (Case No. 3:21-av-99999-CIV) in United States District Court, District of South Carolina against Merck & Co., Inc. and subsidiary Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp, both based in New Jersey.

According to John Hopkins Medicine, POTS is is a blood circulation disorder characterized by two factors:

 - A specific group of symptoms that frequently occur when standing upright

 - A heart rate increase from horizontal to standing (or as tested on a tilt table) of at least 30 beats per minute in adults, or at least 40 beats per minute in adolescents, measured during the first 10 minutes of standing.

 - Symptoms include, but are not limited to: light-headedness (occasionally with fainting), difficulty thinking and concentrating (brain fog), fatigue, intolerance of exercise, headache, blurry vision, palpitations, tremor and nausea.

The complaint alleges Merck tested the Gardasil vaccine against a toxic placebo spiked with Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate (AAHS), a powerful neurotoxin. By adding this harmful ingredient to the control group, Merck could then claim its vaccine was “as safe as a placebo.”

Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate (AAHS) is an additive in Gardasil meant to produce a stronger and longer immune response. Aluminum, however, is known to be neurotoxic if it accumulates in the brain.

Merck are accused of concealing the Gardasil vaccine induces and increases the risk of autoimmune diseases, including POTS and dysautonomia (a group of medical conditions caused by problems with the autonomic nervous system)

Abby was just 19 years old when her doctor recommended the Gardasil HPV vaccine. Her physician stated that Gardasil was a safe and effective vaccine for preventing cervical cancer, with this information, plus Merck’s marketing and advertising messages, she decided to receive the vaccine.

Within weeks she developed a skin condition that caused redness and visible blood vessels in her face. A month or so after receiving the jab she also developed excruciating migraines. The headaches were so bad that she often vomited and visited the hospital to try and relieve the excruciating pain.

As if the skin condition and migraines weren't bad enough, Abby, some months later,  began to experience symptoms of POTS, these became so debilitating that during workouts at her local gym she had to lay down to avoid passing out.

By the summer of 2019, Abby was taken to the hospital by ambulance because she could barely walk. She was told by the hospital treating physician that she was "dehydrated."

Many other incidents later, Abby was again wrongly diagnosed and told she had anxiety and that it was "nothing serious."

Her inability to focus in class because of extreme fatigue and severe migraines led her to seek help from her school to help her with her disabilities with extra services. The school agreed but said she needed a letter from her doctor. Sadly, her doctor refused to sign the forms indicating her medical issues were hindering her studies. Remarkably, he diagnosed her with POTS but then accused her of using the condition as an excuse for her drop in performance. 

“One of the hardest things about life after Gardasil is having people not believe me when I tell them I’m suffering,” Abby says. “The pain is hard enough to deal with; when you also have to suffer the indignity of not being believed about that pain, it’s so much worse. I’m doing this because I want others who are dealing with POTS to know that they aren’t alone.”

Meantime, Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil, continues to deny any wrong-doing that has resulted in this young woman's horrific ordeal.

It's time to stop taking the words of doctors and drug company marketing on faith.

Way I see it.

How many people buy a used car without first seeing the history log book?

If the salesman told you it's a great runner with no history of mechanical faults would you just take this as the truth?

 Millions of young men and women have rolled up their sleeves  and received Gardasil on this premise.

If lessons are to be learned from Merck's history of malfeasance then one need look no further than the promotion of their blockbuster drug, Vioxx, a drug used treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, acute pain conditions, migraine, and dysmenorrhea.  First introduced to the U.S. market in 1999 it became quickly embroiled in scandal and was withdrawn from the market in 2004 after it was found to increase the risk of cardiovascular side effects (heart attacks and stroke). According the Drugwatch, Vioxx may have caused approximately 140,000 heart attacks resulting in an estimated 60,000 deaths. You can read more about Vioxx here.

To date, Merck has paid out over $5 billion in fines which include healthcare-related offenses, safety-related offenses, off-label or unapproved promotion of medical products, and drug or medical equipment safety violations.

You can read more about Abby's plight and other Gardasil victims here

Bob Fiddaman

Back Stories

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - Baum Hedlund Take a Stand Against Vaccine Maker

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - Californian Law Firm Lead the Way in Gardasil Litigation

Friday, January 22, 2021 - Fifth Gardasil Vaccine Lawsuit Filed

Thursday, February 04, 2021 - Gardasil Vaccine Can Cause Infertility, New Lawsuit Alleges

Friday, April 02, 2021 - Gardasil Lawsuits Continue

Monday, April 19, 2021 - Vaccine Manufacturer Used "Spiked" Placebo to Hide Injuries Between Vaccine and Control Groups, Lawsuit Alleges

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