Friday, 7 September 2012


Thalidomide is a drug which was sold to pregnant women as a cure for morning sickness in the 1950s and early 1960s. An estimated 10,000 children worldwide were born with defects — including missing limbs — after their mothers took thalidomide, which was sold in nearly 50 countries before being pulled from the market in 1961.

The German firm that made thalidomide has issued its first apology (in Sep 2012) in over 50 years to the thousands born disabled as a result of the drug’s use.

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