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Drugs. 2006;66(9):1263-71; discussion 1272-3.

Human papillomavirus quadrivalent (types 6, 11, 16, 18) recombinant vaccine (Gardasil).

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  • 1Adis International Limited, Auckland, New Zealand.


Human papillomavirus (HPV) quadrivalent recombinant vaccine is a mixture of virus-like particles derived from the L1 capsid proteins of HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18. It is administered intramuscularly in a three-dose regimen, with the initial injection followed by subsequent doses at months 2 and 6. The vaccine is indicated for use in the prevention of cervical cancer, vulvar and vaginal precancer and cancers, precancerous lesions and genital warts associated with HPV types 6, 11, 16 or 18 infection in adolescents and young women. The quadrivalent vaccine has demonstrated good immunogenicity in young women (16-26 years) and male and female adolescents (aged 9-15 years), inducing high and persistent anti-HPV antibody titres. In a randomised phase III trial designed to bridge efficacy in young women to adolescents (using immunogenicity as a surrogate), the quadrivalent HPV vaccine in adolescents was at least as immunogenic as that in young women. In randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials in >20 000 young women (aged 16-26 years), the vaccine was highly effective in preventing cervical dysplasia of any grade and external genital lesions related to HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18 infection. These women were followed up for an average of 2 triangle The vaccine was well tolerated, with injection-site reactions and fever being the most common vaccine-related adverse events.

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