Merck has decided to stop it's lobbying efforts for making the HPV vaccine mandatory. It seems that Merck was facing a growing backlash among parents, physicians and consumer advocates.
I should would like to know who in Merck decided to channel money to state legislators in hopes of getting it mandated. This vaccine has been in the health news for several years and there were already groups that opposed it for young girls. Maybe Merck didn't realize how many people were concerned about the vaccine. Maybe they really didn't care about them since it seemed that it was mostly those darn "conservative people". It any case, Merck bungled this really badly. On the brighter side, Merck's mistake has brought HPV, cervical cancer and pap smears to the front pages of newspapers and network news.