Children of Thalidomide - Kaitlin Doherty 28, September...

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Kaitlin Doherty 28, September 2009 ENG 102-008 Shelagh Smith Library Visit Assignment Word Count: 393 “Children of Thalidomide” Thalidomide is a sleep inducing drug that was used to help treat morning sickness in pregnant women. It was used throughout Europe from 1957 to 1961, and was so popular it was sold without a prescription. It was marketed mainly in West Germany and Britain (CEE). By 1958 it was being used in more than 40 countries in Europe. It was not legalized in the US because of the FDA. They said it had undergone insufficient testing (EB). When the children of the women who had used Thalidomide were born an alarming number of them had physical defects of the arms and legs. After testing it was proven that Thalidomide produced skeletal defects in developing fetuses of women who had taken the drug in their first trimester (CEE). It has now been narrowed down to exposure during 27 – 40 days after conception that causes the birth defects (EB). Thalidomide was recalled in 1961 only after having caused around 8,000 infants to be born
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