What is sadly lacking in this TV3 programme is any genuine acknowledgement of the significant amount of scientific thought and research undertaken internationally.
A significant amount of scientific thought and research addressing concerns about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and/or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) has been undertaken internationally, which has demonstrated a lack of evidence that would associate these two syndromes or death with the vaccine.
- The science that was omitted in the story was that the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) carefully studied the published data from the clinical trials, adverse event reports made by the public and patient groups, from health professionals and information from the European Member States.
- Following review of safety data from up to 63 million girls and women from around the world and clinical trial data from around a million actively studied women (comparing vaccinated with unvaccinated in carefully designed studies), their conclusion was no association between these syndromes and the use of Gardasil. HPV vaccines: EMA confirms evidence does not support that they cause CRPS or POTS
The 3D story claimed that there was no review of Sarah Curran's death, and so how could Gardasil be eliminated as a probable cause?
- The Ministry informed the 3D programme that the sudden death of a young woman in December 2013 was investigated by both the Coroner and Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM). This case was also presented to the Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee (MARC) in March 2014.
- CARM informed the Ministry that a causality assessment was not possible due to insufficient information. MARC noted the case and did not consider that further action was required at that time. In January 2015, the coroner found that the cause of death was unascertained. No recommendations can be made regarding these reports.
- IMAC believes that the representation that "…the promised review never occurred" is not an accurate interpretation of the reviews and investigations to date.
IMAC has prepared the following responses to TV3's 3D story on Gardasil, please click on the links to read:
Click on the links below to read other responses to the programme:
Adam Smith’s opinion piece in the Herald
Mr Smith is a lecturer in statistics at Massey University.