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New England Journal of Medicine Publishes New Data on Gardasil,,Merck's Cervical Cancer Vaccine

three doses of either GARDASIL or placebo at day one, month two and month six. The primary analyses of these trials evaluated the efficacy of GARDASIL compared to placebo in women who were free of infection with the relevant HPV types (6, 11, 16 and/or 18) when they started the study, remained free of infection with the relevant HPV types through month seven, received all three doses of GARDASIL within one year and had no protocol violations.

FUTURE I was designed to evaluate the impact of GARDASIL on the incidence of cervical lesions and pre-cancers (CIN 1-3), vulvar and vaginal external lesions and pre-cancers (VIN 1-3 and VaIN 1-3) and external genital warts caused by the four HPV types targeted by the vaccine (HPV 6, 11, 16 and 18). FUTURE II was designed to evaluate the impact of GARDASIL on pre-cancers and non-invasive cancers (CIN 2/3, AIS) caused by HPV 16 and 18. Prevention of advanced, or high grade cervical pre-cancerous lesions -- CIN 2/3 or AIS -- has been identified by the FDA and World Health Organization as the most meaningful indicator of cancer efficacy for a cervical cancer vaccine.

Results showed that GARDASIL provided significant protection in women not previously exposed to HPV types targeted by the vaccine

In FUTURE I, after an average follow-up of three years, GARDASIL provided 100 percent protection from HPV 6-, 11-, 16- and 18-related VIN 1-3, VaIN 1-3 and genital warts; no cases were observed in the vaccine group (n=2,261) compared to 60 cases in the placebo group (n=2,279). GARDASIL was also 100 percent effective for the prevention of HPV 6-, 11-, 16-, or 18-related CIN 1-3; there were no cases observed in the vaccine group (n=2,241) compared to 65 cases in the placebo group (n=2,258).

In FUTURE II, after an average follow-up of three years, GARDASIL was 98 percent effective in preventing high-grade cervical pre-cancers associated with HPV types 16 and 18; one case of CIN 3 was observed in the vaccine group (n
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