Thalidomide, sold under the brand name Immunoprin, among others, is an immunomodulatory drug and the prototype of the thalidomide class of drugs. Today, thalidomide is used mainly as a treatment of certain cancers (multiple myeloma) and of a complication of leprosy. Thalidomide was first marketed in in West. The thalidomide disaster is one of the darkest episodes in pharmaceutical research history. The drug was marketed as a mild sleeping pill safe even for pregnant women. However, it caused thousands of babies worldwide to be born with malformed limbs. The damage was revealed in Before then, every new drug. In the s and the early s, thalidomide was used to treat morning sickness during pregnancy. Thalidomide proves useful for skin lesions and multiple myeloma. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved thalidomide (Thalomid) for treating.
28 Jul Many children in the 's, like the kindergartner pictured above, were born with phocomelia as a side effect of the drug thalidomide, resulting in the shortening or absence of limbs. (Photo by Leonard McCombe//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images). 15 Jan Thalidomide: learn about side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more on MedlinePlus. 6 Dec Welcome to The Conversation's series on thalidomide – the history of the tragedy , its long-term impacts and the fight for justice. In this longer read, medical historian Arthur Daemmrich sets the scene of the midth century drug landscape and explains how thalidomide was marketed, used, and withdrawn.
There is some discussion regarding who first synthesized thalidomide, with some claiming it was synthesized by the German pharmaceutical company CIBA in , the German company Grunenthal in the s, and the Nazis in the s (#Franks, et al, , #Gutierrez, , #Foggo, ). The most infamous adverse. 23 Sep This Retro Report video revisits the horrors that followed use of thalidomide by pregnant women in the s and the drug's startling re-emergence. 3 Nov Fifty years ago, the sedative Thalidomide was withdrawn after thousands of mothers gave birth to disabled babies. That ageing Thalidomide generation now faces rising care bills - but some hope a possible Nazi link to the drug could bring more compensation. In November , I was five months old.