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Thursday, May 18

The Experts Have Spoken

Will the lapdogs of the Religious Right (a/k/a the Shrub Administration) listen?

An FDA advisory panel today voted 13-0 to endorse the safety and efficacy of the vaccine for human papilloma virus. HPV is believed to be responsible for about 70% of cervical cancers in the US, cervical cancer being the No. 2 cancer killer in women. The panel, which was comprised of scientists and doctors, recommended making the vaccine available to girls as young as nine years old.

Now I don't want to be cynical, because that's our friend from Jersey's job, but what kind of odds will I get on a wager that the FDA ignores this panel recommendation? Strikes me as Plan B redux. After all, why should the FDA listen to experts?

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