From our August 27, 2018 Facebook Post:
I’m sure this is the only vaccine with questionable testing procedures. 🙄
⚠️”An eight-month investigation by Slate found the major Gardasil trials were flawed from the outset, however, and that regulators allowed unreliable methods to be used to test the vaccine’s safety.
⚠️’If I were a research subject, I would feel betrayed,’ Trudo Lemmens, a bioethicist and professor of health law and policy at the University of Toronto, told me.
⚠️’This is completely bonkers,’ she [a drug-safety adviser at a multinational pharmaceutical company] said, requesting not to be named for fear of compromising her position in the industry. ‘They’ve set up a protocol that seems very poorly thought through from a medical and safety perspective.’
⚠️Experts I talked to were baffled by the way Merck handled safety data in its trials. According to Dr. Yoon Loke, a professor at the University of East Anglia who studies side effects, letting investigators judge whether adverse events should be reported is ‘not a very safe method of doing things, because it allows bias to creep in.'”