Gardasil repaid, BCG is no longer mandatory

Reimbursement of Gardasil by Social Security was published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday. This is the first preventive vaccine against cancer of the cervix. Marketed since late 2006, it requires three injections and expensive. Meanwhile, the famous BCG is no longer required him. The announcement was made by the Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot.

This is another milestone in the fight against cancer. The first preventive vaccine against cancer of the cervix, Gardasil, marketed in France since late November 2006 by Sanofi Pasteur MSD, will be reimbursed by Social Security and be accessible to all. So far, its high cost (135.59 euros per dose and it takes three) had hindered its development. Reimbursement of 65% appeared in the Official Gazette on Wednesday. It concerns the population covered by the recommendations, or all girls age 14 and those aged 15-23 years who have not yet had sex or later in the year following their first report. Mutuals can then complete the treatment. Gardasil protects against infections caused by HPV (types 6, 11, 16 and 18)

that are transmitted through sexual intercourse and can cause cancer of the cervix as well as many precancerous lesions of the vulva and vagina. Every year in France, more than 1,000 women die from cancer of the cervix and nearly 3,400 cases are diagnosed. Moreover, and still in the field of vaccination, the famous BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) is no longer mandatory. The announcement was made Wednesday by Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot. For over 40 years, all children were vaccinated before they come into community, nursery or school. Vaccination is not deleted but it will be recommended by pediatricians or general practitioners for children at risk, about 100,000 in France. This includes “children from countries where TB is still endemic” or traveling in these countries but also those who have a family history of tuberculosis or whose families are at risk. Finally, children living in the French departments most affected by tuberculosis are also involved in the first Paris and Guyana.

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