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Doctors ‘used nine-year-olds as human guinea pigs’ for a new cervical cancer vaccine

Doctors ‘used nine-year-olds as human guinea pigs’ for a new cervical cancer vaccine

A government committee in India which investigated the trials  has concluded that they amounted to a serious breach of  trust and medical ethics. They said this amounted to child abuse and ‘a clear cut violation of the human rights of these girl children and adolescents’.

Merck, maker of Gardasil 9, faces a hearing in India’s Supreme Court over the alleged use of young girls from poor tribal communities in trials of an earlier anti-cervical cancer drug

The Mail Online reports: Children as young as nine suffered side-effects after being used as unwitting human guinea pigs for a new multi-billion pound anti-cervical cancer drug, it has been claimed.

The new anti-cancer drug has just been approved for use in the United States and is due to be released in Britain this year.

But MailOnline has learned that several of the children used as ‘guinea pigs’ for the drug trial in India reported suffering problems including weight loss, fatigue, dizziness and menstrual problems.

They and their parents claim they had no idea they were being used to test out Gardasil 9, which was then an untried drug