Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BigPharma uses nine-year-olds as unwitting human guinea pigs for cervical cancer vaccine

Aman Dhawan, 16, from Indore, lost weight and
strength after being enrolled in the trial,
which he didn't know he had signed up for either
SOTT | Jan 13, 2015 | Gethen Chamberlain

Children as young as nine suffered side-effects after being used as unwitting human guinea pigs for a new multi-billion pound anti-cervical cancer drug, it has been claimed.

The new anti-cancer drug has just been approved for use in the United States and is due to be released in Britain this year.

But MailOnline has learned that several of the children used as 'guinea pigs' for the drug trial in India reported suffering problems including weight loss, fatigue, dizziness and menstrual problems.

They and their parents claim they had no idea they were being used to test out Gardasil 9, which was then an untried drug.

The claims have sparked a furious row with the mother of reality TV star Jade Goody, one of the most high profile recent victims of cervical cancer, telling MailOnline: 'It is not right.'

Jackiey Budden said she would not have wanted her daughter - who died aged 27 in 2010 - to have been vaccinated with a drug that had been tested on children who did not know what was happening to them.

'Vaccination is a good idea but it shouldn't be tested on kids,' she said.

'It is difficult because you want to save lives but it is not right to do it on children that young. They should be able to make up their own minds if they want to test it out.'

Drug firms are already facing claims that they exploited children in the developing world to develop the vaccine.

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