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BBC News - Thalidomide

The notorious drug thalidomide may be an effective treatment for an incurable blood cancer, research has found.

FfdN International

In both Swedish/English The role of the FfdN Society is more vital now than it ever has been before. The drug “Thalidomide” is becoming widely available legally, as well as illegally via the black-market.
Children with thalidomide-related disabilities are being born every single day in third world countries because of the drugs availability.
In Sweden, individuals with different disabilities can become members of FfdN. As their lives are affected by the Government’s cut in welfare benefits, they have discovered the importance of a society like FfdN, which stands up for rights of its members. FfdN continues to see a rise in membership numbers.

Föreningen för de Neurosedynskadade

Both in English/Swedish.Here you can find information about the FfdN (the Thalidomide Association of Sweden), about what the Society does and our opinions. You can also find information about Thalidomide and how the drug is used today. Our intention is to give you a complete picture of how Thalidomide works, of what happened during the so called Thalidomide-scandal and of what happened afterwards.

International Center for Bioethics, Culture and Disability

The Center works on a global level to achieve it's goals namely to examine the cultural aspects of bioethical issues and of science and technology to examine the impacts of Bioethical issues and of science and technology on those who have been marginalized, to ensure that those who have been marginalized have a voice in all the debates that affect their lives, to help those who have been marginalized participate in the debates that affect their lives from a position of strength and knowledge, and to raise the capacity of those who have not been marginalized to welcome and understand the views of those who have been The Center will actively seek collaboration with equally minded groups and individuals from around the world The Center has a global board which will help the Center to achieve it's goals.

John L Alloway - Karal Studio

It is the summer of 61, within the walls of a doctors domain a decision was sealed and medication begun. Suffering sorely from a fractured neck, with her head well braced Beryl received a course of thalidomide tablets. It is here the story begins. On July the 26th 1962 a baby boy was birthed in Blenheim, New Zealand. It was then the truth slipped into the world, full view for all to see. A strong and healthy boy with a few defects along the way was born that day.

March of Dimes

For the first time, the drug thalidomide (Thalomid), which can cause severe birth defects, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means that it can be prescribed for women of childbearing age. The March of Dimes wants all women who could become pregnant to be aware of this drug’s danger.

Richland College - Thalidomide Side Effects

The most severe and long-lasting side effects resulting from the use of thalidomide are birth-related defects. Before thalidomide was removed from the market, over 10,000 incidences of birth defects were caused worldwide (primarily outside the United States). The mortality rate of these "thalidomide babies" was 40%, mostly due to severe internal malformations. Thalidomide causes birth defects in almost any part of the fetus that is developing at the time of maternal usage. The most severe problems occur during

Science & Education

The "children of thalidomide" in Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire" were 10,000 babies born with shortened arms and legs or without any limbs at all. Their mothers had taken the drug thalidomide early in their pregnancies to help them sleep and to keep them from feeling nauseated.

The Horror and Hope of Thalidomide

Thalidomide has been the stuff of nightmares for more than 30 years. Introduced by a German pharmaceutical company in 1956, this nonaddictive sedative was touted as a wonder drug so safe that even pregnant women could take it, and take it they did. Thalidomide was widely prescribed to relieve morning sickness in Europe and South America. The drug was not available in the United States during the 1950’s because the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), concerned over reports that thalidomide damaged nerves, wanted more testing for side effects.

The Skin Cancer Foundation

Thalidomide, Drug Once Linked to Birth Defects Is Being Used to Treat Metastatic Melanoma

The Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada (TVAC)

In both French/English La thalidomide est un médicament dont la mise en marché est survenue initialement le 1er octobre 1957 en Allemagne de l'Ouest. On l'a vite prescrit aux femmes enceintes afin de combattre les symptômes associés à la nausée du matin. S'il est ingéré durant le premier trimestre de la grossesse, le médicament empêche le foetus de se développer correctement, et a ainsi causé des malformations congénitales horribles chez des milliers d'enfants autour du monde. Ces enfants, qui sont nés vers la fin des années 1950 et au début des années 1960, étaient appelés les bébés de la thalidomide.

Thalidomide is a drug that was introduced on to the market on October 1, 1957 in West Germany. Thalidomide soon became a drug prescribed to pregnant women to combat symptoms associated with morning sickness. When taken during the first trimester of pregnancy, Thalidomide prevented the proper growth of the foetus resulting in horrific birth defects in thousands of children around the world. These children were born in the late 1950's and early 1960's and became known as "Thalidomide babies".

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