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Two Wisconsin sisters testify against Gardasil, say the drug shut down their ovaries


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - A two-day hearing was scheduled to begin in Washington today, on a claim by two Wisconsin sisters that a drug against cervical cancer shut down their ovaries. 

20-year-old Madelyne Meylor and her 19-year-old sister Olivia, both from Mount Horeb, said their problems resulted from taking Gardasil. That's a vaccine against HPV. 

They've filed a damage claim with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. 

The Wisconsin State Journal says it's the first time such a damage claim has been taken to the national program -- which serves as a court to consider claims that vaccines cause human harm. 

The maker of Gardasil, Merck and Company, say the evidence does not support the theory that the drug shuts down ovaries. 

Two government agencies have both said the drug is safe -- the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control.