German Drug Firm Finally Apologizes for Thalidomide
Gruenenthal Group, the manufacturer of Thalidomide - the infamous drug that resulted in malformed babies 50 years ago - issued the first ever apology to the mothers who took the drug in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Associated Press (AP) reports that the company also apologized to the thousands of children born with shortened arms and legs or no limbs at all as a result of the drug.
The drug is linked to defects in the eyes, ears, genitals, heart, and internal organs of developing babies. It is a powerful sedative that was given to pregnant women to deal with morning sickness but caused congenital defects in children all over Europe, Australia, Canada, and Japan. The drug was taken off the market 50 years ago, according to the AP.
Thalidomide never received the approval of American regulators for use in pregnant women.
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