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Taiwan Women’s Activists Challenge Marketing Effort For Gardasil (Taiwan)

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Women's rights activists accused Merck, Sharpe & Dohme of giving women misleading information in an effort to market its Gardasil, the only vaccine available against human papillomavirus. The head of Taiwan Women's Link said the vaccine protects against only certain HPV virus strains and is not a substitute for regular pap smears, yet it is marketed as "three shots protecting you for life." At a news conference, it was noted some gynecologist offices offered tickets to see a popular singer and gave a Gardasil sales pitch to those who sought the tickets. The vaccinations are not publicly funded, but the Department of Health is considering coverage. (Click here for more
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