Zostavax patients sue Merck, claiming shingles shot caused injuries and death
by Eric Sagonowsky | Mar 14, 2017 11:09am
Merck & Co. could have a growing Zostavax problem on its hands. After several plaintiffs filed lawsuits claiming the drugmaker’s shingles vaccine caused serious injury and death, attorneys say more cases are on the way.
Plaintiffs have sued in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania alleging that Merck’s Zostavax—used to prevent shingles, the painful complication of varicella infection—caused serious side effects, including death.
“I think Merck has failed terribly … to warn about the very serious side effects and the failure of the vaccine to do what they claim it does,” attorney Marc Bern told FiercePharma.
Zostavax Lawsuit News: Litigation Over Shingles Vaccine Growing in Pennsylvania Courts
Published on March 13, 2017
According to the Legal Intelligencer, a number of Zostavax lawsuit plaintiffs who have filed in Pennsylvania are residents of other states. However, Merck & Co. manufactures the vaccine in West Point, Pennsylvania. Filings have been on the increase since the FDA asked the company to add more side effect information to the Zostavax label regarding eye injuries and infections.
The currently pending Zostavax cases involve a variety of injuries, ranging from rashes and seizures to severe outbreaks of chickenpox. One of the lawsuits even alleges that a patient died from liver failure allegedly caused by the shingles vaccine.
Attorneys interviewed by The Legal Intelligencer said they anticipated more Zostavax lawsuit filings in the near future.
“We are preparing to file many cases … in the court of common pleas and we will be seeking a mass tort status,” one lawyer said.
Generally, mass tort programs involve lawsuits that allege a common injury. Zostavax plaintiffs broadly appear to suffer from neurological injuries, which could make the litigation a candidate for centralization. Whether or not a mass tort is established to handle Zostavax lawsuits will depend upon the science behind the claims.
The Full Story About Zostavax, The Shingles Vaccine
Historically, shingles was usually diagnosed in those who were elderly, immunocompromised, had insulin dependent diabetes or were taking drugs such as steroids, chemotherapy or biologics. After the widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine the last 12 years, very little wild varicella virus remains in circulation. Adults who had chickenpox as kids maintain their long-term immunity by being re-exposed children and grandchildren who have this 7-day itchy infection. Without the re-exposure, adult immunity wanes and the horrors of what Dr. Gary Goldman tried to expose in his book, The Chickenpox Vaccine: A New Epidemic of Disease and Corruption has become a reality. Goldman predicted that more than 50 million adults – in the U.S. alone – will experience shingles in their lifetime. But instead of stopping mass chickenpox vaccination program, the FDA approved a new vaccine for adults in 2006 called Zostavax, developed to prevent shingles. We are now creating vaccines to address a problem caused by a vaccine.
If you are given both injections at the same time at your doctor’s appointment, this is what will be injected into your body.
Shingles shot contains:
- Viral Particles: At least 19,400 PFU (plaque forming units) –14 timesmore viral particles than in the chickenpox vaccine
- Animal cells:
- Pig: porcine gelatin– 15.58mg – known to cause anaphylaxis and food allergies
- Cow: bovine serum – known to cause anaphylaxis and food allergies
- Aborted Human cells: MRC-5 cells
- Antibiotic: Neomycin
- Chemical: sodium chloride (table salt) – 4.0 mg
- Chemical: MSG, 0.62mg
- Chemical: sodium phosphate dibasic, 0.57mg
- Chemical: potassium phosphate monobasic, 0.10mg
- Chemical: potassium chloride, 0.10 mg
- Chemical: sucrose, 31.16 mg
- Flu shot – ex: Regular Fluzone (Fluzone HighDose is given to some seniors; it does not have mercury)
- Viral particles: 45 mcg
- Animal cells:
- Residual egg protein
- Pig: porcine gelatin 5 mg
- Chemical: sodium phosphate
- Chemical: Formaldehyde, 75 mcg
- Chemical: Octylphenol ethooxylate, (Triton X-100), 75 mcg
- Chemical: Thimerosal –mercury – 12.5mcg to 25 mcg per dose
Are you willing to put this into your system for less than a 50:50 chance of avoiding the shingles?