Thursday, May 18, 2006

Will Gardisil be another Plan B?

Great news! Merck's human papilloma virus vaccine just passed the FDA's advisory committee. It was a unanimous vote by the committee. The vaccine has not been without controversy. Some wingnuts believe that the vaccine will magically turn young girls into sluts. But then they believe teenagers aren't interested in sex unless we tell them what it is. I believe that any vaccine that prevents another woman going through a LEEP procedure is worth $500. Considering the double standard between erectile dysfunction drugs and contraceptives, expect to pay for it out of pocket.

Provided the FDA approves the vaccine. There's a reason why Plan B is not available over the counter in the United States. The FDA doesn't always follow the recommendations of the advisory panel.

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