$100 Million, a Dead Woman, and a Statewide Cover Up

Flint, Michigan comes to Maryland’s Department of Health

Josh Mazer (Photo from personal collection)

In a completely predictable turn of events, Merck has been formally accused of fraud and a host of other serious charges relating to the approval and marketing of the troubled, liability-free human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, which they named Gardasil. This is the same vaccine for which our Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) has accepted over $100 million since 2011 to stealth market and hard-sell throughout the state.  The marketing also specifically includes targeting our 11 and 12 year olds sitting at their school desks.

The claims (and here) of the plaintiffs are being heard by Judge Maren Nelson in California Superior Court in the matter of Robi V Merck CA BC628589. A dream team of plaintiff pharma attorneys includes renowned names:  Ajalat & Ajalat; Weitz & Luxenberg; Morgan & Morgan; and Baum Hedlund, all of whom have teamed up to take on what they call “the most dangerous vaccine ever.” The list of formal claims against Merck include: 1) Fraud and deceit; 2) Negligent misrepresentation; 3) Defective product- inadequate warnings and information; and 4) medical malpractice and medical battery. On January 9, 2019, Judge Maren heard hours of testimony about the science of the case from both sides. She then denied Merck’s motion to dismiss and set discovery. The case will go on. The full case file is attached above.

The people who are suffering the negative effects of this irresponsible public health policy are our children. The Maryland Department of Health ignored the death of 21-year-old Christina Tarsell, of Baltimore County. The judicial decision that her death was caused by Gardasil was announced in Sept, 2017, a year in which the Maryland DOH accepted at least $17 million in HPV vaccine kickbacks (see documents here) from pharma funded front groups. There have been over 681 Vaccine Adverse Event Reports related to the HPV vaccine in Maryland since 2006, 50 of them classified as “serious”— and our state bureaucrats not only took no action to protect us, but also actively covered up the problems.

The Maryland DOH was alerted, as was Governor Hogan’s office, that the testing on this vaccine was flawed and that Gardasil could cause problems. The allegations in Robi v Merck, discussed above, include the following specific medical issues that happened in the clinical trials, but were suppressed by Merck: 2.3% experienced serious autoimmune disease within seven months; death rates two times greater than background rates; five times greater numbers of birth defects among pregnant trial participants, and ten times greater numbers of reproductive issues. Perhaps most troubling of all, the evidence heard in January 2019 by Judge Maren in California Superior Court included allegations that certain clinical trial groups receiving Gardasil were up to 45% more likely to develop precancerous cervical lesions or cancer than compared to unvaccinated girls. Robi further alleges that Merck knew all this, and deliberately covered it up, just as years before, Merck had covered up knowledge that its Vioxx product was causing vascular events such as strokes and heart attacks. Vioxx wound up killing an estimated 90,000 people.

The HPV vaccine public health policy in Maryland is a nauseating throwback to the bad old days of Vioxx, Avandia, and other major medical marketing scams in which Merck itself was found to be criminally guilty of marketing fraud. It is medicine by sales contest, with safety and effectiveness secondary to the discussion of how this product is going to make everyone who touches it rich. Rather than providing oversight, and reining in this money grab, the Maryland state bureaucrats instead became willing participants, to the tune of $100,000,000 and counting.

We in the State of Maryland wrongly presumed that our public health bureaucrats have their eyes on our safety, and the safety of our kids, when in fact, they are playing a high stakes game of vaccine money ball. Our kids are sold out to pharma by the very people we elect and entrust to keep them safe.

This story shares amazing parallels to the Flint Michigan water crisis, and comes to us courtesy of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Take Action! E-mail Governor Hogan. The message for him is short and simple: Stop all state, federal, and non-profit funding for Merck’s liability-free Gardasil shot in Maryland.

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Josh Mazer is an Anne Arundel County resident with three school age kids. He maintains the website www.hpvisstd.com.

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