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The Thalidomide Controversy

There’s no question that prescribed medications create a significant difference in a great number of peoples standard of living. These types of prescription drugs go through a fairly extensive testing as well as safe practices practices before they come for general use. Only a few drugs survive the assessment with most faltering and then they are abandoned by the pharmaceutical company. The high standard mandatory before medications will be endorsed for the market come about as a result of stricter criteria due to past failures, many of them being quite dramatic. One of the most famous of those problems is probably the thalidomide controversy.

Thalidomide was first distributed in 1957 in West Germany to deal with anxiety, sleeping conditions and morning sickness. The thalidomide was very efficient for the morning illness in pregnancy and was easily licensed in 46 countries for use by women that were currently pregnant. It was not approved for marketing and distribution in the USA, where it was declined by the Federal Drug Administration for not achieving high enough standards. This drug never was tested to see if it had been safe when pregnant. The end result of thalidomides use in pregnancy was an estimated over 10 000 babies being born having a number of serious limb deformities and much more miscarriages. With the live births about half passed away within weeks of being given birth to. This might be the biggest controversy within the history of the pharmaceutical industry.

The issues with thalidomide had been initially detected in 1961 by the doctor, William McBride, that published correspondence in the Lancet medical journal concerning their observations of finding an increase in the amount of deformed babies which were born at his hospital, all of which mothers were having the drug. At approximately the same time, the paediatrician Widukind Lenz in Germany likewise observed several similar instances where the medication was still sold over-the-counter and not simply on prescription. This brought about an analysis and subsequent banning of the thalidomide from being used. In 1968, the West German business which manufactured thalidomide, Chemie GrĂ¼nenthal GmbH was placed on trial in Germany with the company settling the case out of court and no case going forward. As a result of this German affected individuals have been compensated. Nobody from the Chemie GrĂ¼nenthal was found responsible for any kind of crimes. In the United Kingdom, the victims of the medication had been also compensated by the United Kingdom suppliers of the drug. In other nations there were a number of class actions pursued, contributing to settlements many years after the drug stopped to be marketed.

The actual press surrounding this and the birth problems that took place from thalidomide cast a dark shadow over the pharmaceutical drug sector. The ensuing condemnation concluded in every single country to create improved programs for medication legislation and monitoring following the approval of medicine. This was especially the situation in the terms of the usage of medicines while being pregnant where the standards and prerequisites have become very high.

Thalidomide as a medication nevertheless does possess some uses for the treatment for some cancers and a few inflammatory conditions. It’s being employed as a drug for leprosy as well as myeloma.