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Publication type: Journal Article

Sarojini NB, Srinivasan S, Madhavi Y, Srinivasan S, Shenoi A
The HPV Vaccine: Science, Ethics and Regulation
Economic & Political Weekly EPW 2010 Nov 27; xlv:(48):27-34
http://epw.in/epw/uploads/articles/15440.pdf


Abstract:

A recent civil society-led investigation has highlighted serious ethical violations in a trial of the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine on girls in Khammam district in Andhra Pradesh. The findings are presented along with a review of clinical trials of the hpv vaccine in India and an analysis of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules. Together they illustrate how the promotional practices of drug companies, pressure from powerful international organisations, and the co-option of, and uncritical endorsement by, India’s medical associations are influencing the country’s public health priorities.

 

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What these howls of outrage and hurt amount to is that the medical profession is distressed to find its high opinion of itself not shared by writers of [prescription] drug advertising. It would be a great step forward if doctors stopped bemoaning this attack on their professional maturity and began recognizing how thoroughly justified it is.
- Pierre R. Garai (advertising executive) 1963