FTC petitioned to take ‘false and misleading’ Gardasil ad off TV

“I saw the commercial and actually gasped.”

“Get this lying and deceiving ad off TV.”

Those are two of the comments made about that disgusting new ad put out by Merck. It’s the one I told you about that tries to guilt parents into getting their child a Gardasil shot.

Now, an expert in molecular biology is claiming Merck’s ad isn’t just shameful — it’s illegal.

And he’s demanding that the “false and misleading” commercial be yanked from the airwaves before any more children are put at risk.

‘Angel dusting’

When I first saw Merck’s Gardasil ad, I knew a lot of people were going to be just as angry as I was.

After all, it’s got to be the worst piece of propaganda I’ve ever seen come out of Big Pharma.

In fact, it’s enough to make you want to throw your television set out the window.

The ad shows a young man and woman, both actors, who say they have an HPV-related cancer.

The actors wonder aloud whether their parents knew that there was “a vaccine to help protect me when I was 11 or 12.”

Translation: It’s your fault I have cancer, mom and dad.

The ad closes by asking, “What will you say?”

Well, it turns out Dr. James Lyons-Weiler has plenty to say.

The author, researcher and former professor at the University of Pittsburgh posted a lengthy petition online that will be sent to the FTC — the federal agency that is supposed to protect us against fraudulent and deceptive business practices.

And that is exactly what Dr. Lyons-Weiler says this commercial is — one big fat violation of “truth in advertising laws” that is also guilty of what he calls “angel dusting.”

That’s a kind of misleading marketing method that makes big promises that a product can’t possibly deliver.

For example, Merck may be talking about 11- and 12-year old kids in its ad. But the fact is, Merck has NEVER conducted safety studies for kids in that age group.

In fact, the FDA asked for a study a decade ago, and it still hasn’t been done.

And what about all this cancer protection Gardasil is supposed to provide?

Well, one study found that high-risk HPV strains — the kinds that are associated with cancer — were actually found more often in women who were vaccinated with the original Gardasil shot.

Then there are the side effects, conveniently missing from the ad as well as the website it directs us to.

As I’ve been telling you over the years, the list of side effects that Gardasil can cause is long and terrifying. Over 35,000 adverse reaction reports have been sent into the FDA, which includes 200 deaths.

And that’s no doubt just the tip of the iceberg, because a new study out of Canada found that as many as 1 in 10 girls may be injured from HPV shots.

Dr. Lyons-Weiler also calls Merck “guilty” of “undisclosed dishonest business practices” in being involved with attempts to get Gardasil mandates signed into law. Just last week I told you how these ads suspiciously came out right around the same time that officials in Pennsylvania were attempting to pass rules requiring HPV vaccination in order to attend school .

He is asking the FTC to send a cease-and-desist letter to Merck and get this ad off the airwaves.

Now that might seem like an appeal to the wrong federal agency, but then again, maybe not.

After all, we know for darned sure that the FDA and CDC don’t have the backbone to stand up to Big Pharma.

You can sign and support Dr. Lyons-Weiler’s petition right here.

Sources:
“Tell the FTC: Merck HPV vaccine television commercial is false & misleading” James Lyons-Weiler, PhD, thepetitionsite.com