Essay on A Report On The Drug Thalidomide

1297 Words Oct 30th, 2015 6 Pages
One might wake up one morning experiencing morning sickness. She believes it is a common problem while being pregnant. She goes to get the medication Thalidomide from the medicine cabinet, not thinking anything about it. But what the drug company did not tell you was if you are a pregnant woman and you take the medication Thalidomide, your baby may experience some severe problems.
The drug Thalidomide was produced during the 1950s through the 1960s. It was used for women who was experiencing morning sickness during their pregnancy (Mayo Clinic). Chemie Grunenthal, one of the head production companies of the drug, produced Thalidomide as a nontoxic medication. The company labeled Thalidomide with no poisonous potential at that time. Before shipping this drug the company had not proceeded to run through lab test to check the harmful chemical (The Multinational monitor). With every country wanting this drug they shipped crate fulls to the following: 11 European countries, 7 African countries, 17 Asian countries, and 17 countries in both North and South continents (The Multinational Monitor).
Thanks to the FDA Thalidomide was never mass marketed in the U.S. Early side effects of Thalidomide in pregnant women would consist of giddiness, nausea, shivering, buzzing in the ear, constipation, wakefulness, and certain allergic reactions (The Multinational Monitor). As the babies started to be birthed, doctors started to see the true effects of Thalidomide. Many babies came…

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