The death and afterlife of thalidomide

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Thalidomide is one of the horror stories of pregnancy. A drug given to women in pregnancy and purported to be completely safe. In fact, the scientific studies that approval was based on were sketchy. The company was, at best, cavalier in it’s concern for safety. It was banned world wide in 1962. But as early as 1964 doctors were finding new uses for it. Every drug has side effects, but this story shows that thalidomide is still out there and still creating birth defects. via New York Times.


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