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August 20, 2009

MAJOR MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONS FLACKED FOR MERCK WITH PHARMA'S FUNDS

Washington Post - At least three medical associations promoted a vaccine for a sexually transmitted virus using funds provided by the vaccine's manufacturer, according to an analysis being published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The groups -- the American College Health Association, the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists -- promoted Gardasil, which protects against a virus that can cause cervical cancer, using virtually the same strategy that Merck employed in its marketing campaign for the vaccine, the analysis concluded. . . Critics of Merck's aggressive marketing efforts said the analysis is the latest evidence that the company is pushing the vaccine inappropriately. . . Officials at Merck and the three medical groups disputed suggestions that they acted inappropriately, saying the company provided funding for education about the vaccine but did not influence the content of the groups' programs.

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