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Here’s How Thousands Damaged by Shingles Vaccine are Taking Down Merck:

It was supposed to cure shingles. What it did was much, much worse.

As a result, thousands have since filed lawsuits against Merck & Co as a result of complications arising from the drug Zostavax.

Side effects included meningitis, encephalitis, stroke, palsy, and many others.

Zostavax was approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Troy Bouk, Associate Attorney at the Levin Papantonio law firm, noted. The group has since recommended that only people 60 and above should take the vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on the other hand, approved Zostavax for people 50 and above. The CDC has warned that people within the 50 to 59 age group may lose the alleged protection benefits of the vaccine by the time the reach 60, however.

“Let’s say you’re 55 years old. It may stay in your system till you’re 60, but you actually are at the greatest risk of getting shingles when you’re in your 60s. That’s why the CDC recommends that you really don’t get it until you’re in your 60s, because that’s probably when you’re going to need it the most,” Bouk said.

On the efficacy of the vaccine, the CDC has stated that it only reduced the risk of shingles by a mere 51 percent, making its true potency uncertain.

Noted Marc J. Bern of Marc J. Bern & Partners LLP, his firm has been examining the drug “for quite some time”, and that the litigation has “merits.” The attorney has also expressed his belief that the cases should be grouped together for mass tort status. Another attorney, Michael Katz, agrees with Bern.

In response, a spokesperson for Merck has stated that “Nothing is more important to Merck than the safety of our medicines and vaccines.”

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

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