Pharmaceutical Companies’ Role in State Vaccination Policymaking: The Case of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination
Objectives. We sought to investigate roles that Merck & Co Inc played in state human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization policymaking, to elicit key stakeholders’ perceptions of the appropriateness of these activities, and to explore implications for relationships between health policymakers and industry.
Methods. We used a series of state case studies combining data from key informant interviews with analysis of media reports and archival materials. We interviewed 73 key informants in 6 states that were actively engaged in HPV vaccine policy deliberations.
Results. Merck promoted school-entry mandate legislation by serving as an information resource, lobbying legislators, drafting legislation, mobilizing female legislators and physician organizations, conducting consumer marketing campaigns, and filling gaps in access to the vaccine. Legislators relied heavily on Merck for scientific information. Most stakeholders found lobbying by vaccine manufacturers acceptable in principle, but perceived that Merck had acted too aggressively and nontransparently in this case.
Conclusions. Although policymakers acknowledge the utility of manufacturers’ involvement in vaccination policymaking, industry lobbying that is overly aggressive, not fully transparent, or not divorced from financial contributions to lawmakers risks undermining the prospects for legislation to foster uptake of new vaccines.
This bill passed in 2011, but not much has been said about it. Did you know? California Governor Jerry Brown thinks your 12 year old child is old enough to competently read and digest this information and to decide whether or not to accept this vaccine and/or the Hepatitis B jab without your knowledge or consent. READ THE LIBERTY BEACON…
VLA comment: Its a 2012 law, but many states want to pass this kind of bill. What I would do is attach a codicil that acknowledges that if minor children can choose medical treatments (such as vaccines) without parent knowledge then they should be able to choose to have an abortion and see if that gets passed with Republicans at the helm.
California: Minors, Medical Care Consent
Beginning on January 1, 2012, a California law (known as AB 499 or Chapter 652, Statutes of 2011) expands the legal authority of minors 12 years and older o consent to confidential medical services for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) without their parents’ consent (or knowledge) READ PDF)…