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"I want the one for older women" — extending the human papillomavirus vaccine population base

Helen S Marshall and David Isaacs
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (9): 526-528.
Published online: 3 November 2008

To the Editor: We would like to express our disappointment with the Journal’s decision to publish an editorial on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines that demonstrated significant bias.1 It seems that simply documenting an author’s conflicts of interest exonerates the author and relieves the Journal of the responsibility of considering whether or not the article is biased.

  • Helen S Marshall1
  • David Isaacs2

  • 1 Department of Paediatrics, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

Helen Marshall is a member of a CSL Gardasil Advisory Board; has been a principal investigator for clinical vaccine studies sponsored by both CSL and GlaxoSmithKline; and has received travel assistance to present scientific data at international meetings.

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