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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-11 05:22 AM
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What's happened to Thalidomide babies?
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Fifty years ago, the sedative Thalidomide was withdrawn after thousands of mothers gave birth to disabled babies. That ageing Thalidomide generation now faces rising care bills - but some hope a possible Nazi link to the drug could bring more compensation.

In November 1961, I was five months old. My family had no idea why their otherwise healthy baby boy had been born with short arms, twisted hands and no thumbs.

But by the end of that month, the truth was finally out in the open.

After a German newspaper reported that Thalidomide was the likely cause for the mysterious spate of disabled babies born in Germany since 1958, the drug's producer, Chemie Gruenenthal, caved in to growing pressure, and on 26 November withdrew all products containing Thalidomide from what had been very lucrative, over-the-counter sales.

A few days later, Thalidomide's British licensee, Distillers, followed suit in the UK. But by then, the damage was done.

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  -What's happened to Thalidomide babies? dipsydoodle  Nov-03-11 05:22 AM   #0 
  - The drug was not approved by the FDA until 1998...  rfranklin   Nov-03-11 06:22 AM   #1 
  - If thalidomide had been introduced today, I wonder what would happen.  raccoon   Nov-03-11 08:05 AM   #3 
  - Yes, huge thanks to Dr Frances Kelsey who fought the drug giants and kept  FailureToCommunicate   Nov-03-11 08:04 AM   #2 
  - From memory,  dipsydoodle   Nov-03-11 08:39 AM   #4 
     - Yes, that is true. We were living in Bethel, (North Germany) the 'British'  FailureToCommunicate   Nov-03-11 09:09 AM   #7 
  - The drug manufactures pedaled Thalidomide as a remedy for morning sickness,  no_hypocrisy   Nov-03-11 08:46 AM   #5 
  - I know one that drives/ shows a vintage Aussie Ford hot rod...  Boxerfan   Nov-03-11 09:08 AM   #6 
  - Humans (especially OT's and PT's) can be real creative. Dad usually drove with  FailureToCommunicate   Nov-03-11 09:15 AM   #8 
  - kick  FailureToCommunicate   Nov-03-11 05:13 PM   #9 
  - I hadn't realised  dipsydoodle   Nov-03-11 06:05 PM   #10 
     - Hmm. Had not heard of that. Thanks for the link.  FailureToCommunicate   Nov-03-11 07:51 PM   #11 
  - You do realize that it is still available, right?  eggplant   Nov-03-11 09:35 PM   #12 
  - Used to treat a number of serious conditions, HIV and some cancers  FailureToCommunicate   Nov-03-11 10:16 PM   #14 
  - we cannot prove that Thalidomide was definitely developed and tested in prison camps by the Nazis  midnight   Nov-03-11 09:51 PM   #13 
  - One of the Thalidomide babies grew up to become the marvelous baritone  Lydia Leftcoast   Nov-04-11 12:56 AM   #15 
     - People come in all sizes and shapes. Their talents are not restricted by that but by  FailureToCommunicate   Nov-04-11 07:57 AM   #16 
 

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