Judge or­ders Mer­ck to hand over ad­verse events data­base in Gar­dasil law­suit

A North Car­oli­na fed­er­al judge has or­dered Mer­ck to pro­vide its data­base of ad­verse events as­so­ci­at­ed with its HPV vac­cine Gar­dasil to at­tor­neys rep­re­sent­ing peo­ple su­ing the com­pa­ny over al­le­ga­tions that the vac­cine has caused se­vere au­toim­mune re­ac­tions.

In an or­der from late last month, US Dis­trict Judge Robert Con­rad Jr. of the West­ern Dis­trict of North Car­oli­na said that the plain­tiffs “and their ex­perts should have the same op­por­tu­ni­ty as Mer­ck to re­view and an­a­lyze the en­tire­ty of the da­ta.”

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