Judge indicates hundreds of additional lawsuits over undisclosed health risks of the HPV vaccine are likely to be filed in the coming months and years.

The U.S. District Judge presiding over all federal Gardasil lawsuits is allowing the litigation to move forward, after narrowing down plaintiffs’ claims to whether Merck fraudulently concealed the HPV vaccine risks from doctors, or failed to adequately warn them about potential side effects users may experience.
There are currently about 200 product liability lawsuits filed against Merck & Co. in the federal court system, each involving similar allegations that the drug maker failed to disclose potentially serious health risks from the Gardasil vaccine, which has been widely administered to teens and young adults in recent years, to protect against the development of HPV infections and cervical cancer.

Although Merck has promoted the vaccine as safe and effective, lawsuits claim the company withheld critical information from both users and the medical community about severe and debilitating autoimmune complications, including postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), neurological problems, premature ovarian failure and other side effects.

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