Gardasil  Cervarix  Lies

HPV vaccine advertising is being pulled due to claims of false advertising

by Christina England

January 11, 2011

A recent news report claims that there has been a spate of false advertising by Merck and GlaxoSmithKline for their HPV vaccines. SANE VAX sent out a press release this week reporting that around the world HPV vaccines have been falsely advertised. They state that as a consequence of false advertising France have banned Gardasil advertising and many adverts for Cervarix have been removed in the UK.

On the 31 August 2010, France banned advertising Gardasil as an anti-cancer vaccine in their country. A press release went out on the 4th January 2011 from SANE VAX entitled Gardasil, One Less Victim of Cervical Cancer?" France says ´NO´ as they ban Gardasil ads stating:

"Amidst all of the media hype surrounding HPV vaccines, the traditional press has remained silent on many critical issues, not the least of which occurred on the 31 of August 2010 in France. As of that date, Merck´s marketing partner for the HPV vaccine Gardasil, Sanofli-Pasteur, was officially prohibited from advertising Gardasil for cervical cancer prevention in France.

According to public documentation, the Director General of the French Agency for Safety of Health Products (AFSSAPS) found the sponsor of several Gardasil ads to be in direct violation of the French public health code."

India also has had problems with the HPV adverts. In December 2009 the Indian authorities felt that GlaxoSmithKline were misleading the public in the way that they advertisted Cervarix. The Drugs Controller General of India or DCGI; the Drug Regulatory Authority of India pulled up GlaxoSmithKline Plc´s (GSK) for what they called "unlawful" propagation of its cervical cancer vaccine Cervarix, through mass media.

They stated at the time that GlaxoSmithKline´s promotional advertisement campaign had appeared in different newspapers and on television channels announcing that the vaccine was effective against cervical cancer and this contravenes the provisions of Indian drug laws.

The DCGI stated that the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Drugs & Magical Remedies Act 1954, does not allow any claim to prevent or cure diseases in Schedule J of the Act, which includes cancer and the adverts they said does just this.

Under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, drugs sold under prescription cannot be advertised and this includes vaccines. India only allows advertisement of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

Even though the GlaxoSmithKline adverts did not refer to the name of its product Cervarix anywhere in the ad campaign experts are reported to have said the following:-

"Those ads clearly claim that vaccination can prevent cervical cancer, so it doesn´t matter that they don´t name the vaccine."

It was reported that DCGI Surinder Singh was quoted to have said:-

"They (GSK) say the vaccine will be effective for cervical cancer. This kind of advertising is not allowed"

GSK were asked by the DCGI to withdraw promotional advertisements for the cervical cancer vaccine, because they believed the campaign to be violating certain norms. A spokesman for GSK said:

"We have received a show cause notice from the DCGI regarding our disease awareness campaign on cervical cancer. We are in the process of responding to the same suitably,"

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In February 2010, I wrote an article entitled Cervarix HPV vaccine adverts are untrue and should be banned. In the article I explained my outrage at the adverts in the UK advertising the Cervarix vaccine. At the time the UK advertising campaign used the phrase 'Armed for life' as their campaign slogan. This was an outright lie as this vaccine does not 'arm' teenagers for life against cervical cancer. I felt so strongly about these lies that I wrote to the Advertising Standards Authority and complained. I sent a very strong letter and backed it up with evidence. Imagine my surprise when I received a letter back stating:

"Based on the information you provided, it appears you have a valid point and with a view to acting quickly, we have instructed the advertisers to change the ad.We have asked them to amend the ad so that either the text 'for life' is removed from the claim 'Arm yourself for life', or the text 'The vaccine and regular cervical screening will help protect you for life' is added to clarify the headline claim."

As a result of my complaint my local Primary Care Trust decided to remove all the adverts instead. Gradually all the adverts disappeared.

SANE VAX reports on the full story in an article entitled Cervarix - Armed for life? United Kingdom says ´NO´ as they battle false advertising . Grace Filby a member of the SANE VAX team then took up the challenge to remove the slogan off all internet sites and advertising.

Reports have come in from other countries stating that they to are seeing false advertising. Sandy (surname removed) a professional from Norway has told me that they to have advertising problems. She states that on one of the medical sites it says "Det er dumt å la kvinner dø unødig når livmorhalskreft kan forebygges ved hjelp av HPV-vaksinen". Translated: "It's foolish to let women die unnecessarily when cervical cancer can be prevented by the HPV-vaccine".

This has got to stop for the sake of the children. This is propaganda drummed up to sell vaccines. These vaccines are now given to children of both sexes from the age of nine. In the USA alone there has been 20,915 Adverse Events, 370, Abnormal Pap Smears and 89 Deaths reported on the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System VAERS and 5 Deaths uncovered by Judicial Watch, not included in VAERS reports. If you see false advertising of these vaccines in your country please contact the SANE VAX team at who will look into the matter.