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"Glaxo vaccine blocks HPV"


Source: CBC.CA

Published: 04 Sep 2022

Category: Pharmaceutical

Rating: (3½ stars)

Keywords: hpv vaccine hpv vaccine human papilloma virus

what they said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

A vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline successfully blocks the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

In documents posted online, the FDA said Cervarix - Glaxo's vaccine against human papilloma virus or HPV - successfully blocked the two most cancerous strains of the virus nearly 93 per cent of the time...

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how did it rate? (more information)

Criteria Rating
Total Score 6 of 9
Availability of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Not Applicable
Evidence Not Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Sources of Information Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)

what we said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

The spokesperson from the company marketing this vaccine says: "Protection against cervical cancer is a very important health need for girls and young women, and we believe Cervarix has an important role to play in addressing this."

The problem is that the story doesn't contain adequate detail to establish this 'important health need' and why this vaccine is better than its comparator. If we are to really understand how this treatment should be used, readers need to be provided with more details on the trial evidence and quantified benefit and harms. The fact that the introduction of Cervarix to the US market was delayed awaiting 'further data' should be a red flag, indicating that there are safety issues needing clarification.

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