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WASHINGTON - A drug company hopes to win federal approval early next month for a novel cervical cancer vaccine that it touts as the next biggest thing since the pap test in fighting the No. 2 cancer in women.
Merck & Co. already has won a key endorsement of the vaccine, called Gardasil, from a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee. A final decision by the FDA is expected by June 8.
The vaccine, administered in three shots over six months at a cost of $300 to $500, protects against the two types of human papillomavirus (HPV) believed responsible for about 70 percent of cervical cancer cases.
Originally posted by cybertroy
It would be great if it were true. I'm just not that impressed with the drug company's recent "potions."
I hope it is true, and it is a safe therapy.
Originally posted by sardion2000
What is being done to lower the price of the Vaccine? I hear it's like 400 buck a dose or something extremly high like that.
Originally posted by LogDog
Funny how we begin to get conditioned for certain things.
Last night I saw a commercial for cervical cancer, about how it's caused by a virus and how many more people have it than you think. To quote one actress in the commercial: "Millions of Americans have it. MILLIONS."
Right at the end, you can catch the Merck logo just before the commercial fades away.
Looks to me like they're preparing to make a lot of money with this vaccine.