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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-07-07 02:15 PM
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12. Oddly enough, the vaccine wasn't recommended for males at first
precisely because the risk/benefit/cost ratios didn't justify it. Although men can spread HOV, they only rarely develop cancers from it. The anticipated savings to society of avoiding cervical cancers in women justified the cost of vaccinating them. Every man in the world could have HPV and it wouldn't make much of a difference to bottom line health care costs to society as long as women are protected.

Can anyone explain to me why money hungry Big Pharm willingly dropped the male half of the potential market if their only motivation if profit? I'm not saying their motivation doesn't include profit, just that there may be additional reasons for pushing this vaccine.

I've heard that other companies have similar vaccines in the pipeline. Merck will make money by getting into the market first, but who wants to go unprotected another year just to stick it to Merck?
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