Two sisters who say the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil caused their ovaries to stop producing eggs have filed a claim with a federal compensation program.
The allegation by Madelyne Meylor, 20, and Olivia Meylor, 19, of Mount Horeb, Wisc. is the first of its kind to reach a hearing through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, their lawyer Mark Krueger told the Wisconsin State Journal, the Associated Press reported.
The program is a special court created to evaluate claims of harm from vaccines.
Evidence doesn't support a relationship between Gardasil and the sisters' condition, vaccine maker Merck and Co. said in a statement. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration say Gardasil is safe, the AP reported.
Gardasil is one of two vaccines (the other is Cervarix) approved in the U.S. to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer, throat cancer, genital warts and other conditions.
The vaccine injury program has issued payments for HPV vaccine injuries in 68 cases for a total of at least $5.9 million, has dismissed 63 claims, and has 81 claims pending, according to the federal government and the nonpartisan foundation Judicial Watch, the AP reported.