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Australia apologizes for thalidomide tragedy as some survivors listen in Parliament gallery

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Anothet example of pharmaceuticals companies lying for the sake of profits

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Tragic. Thalidomide is being used again.

"After more positive results, thalidomide was used as a treatment for leprosy in many countries. More recently, it has been used successfully to control some AIDS-related conditions, and as a targeted cancer drug for treating the symptoms of cancers such as multiple myeloma."

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Missing your point @wallace. Used in pregnant women, of course it was tragic. But you've then stated the more recent positive uses.

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rainman1

The original use caused unbelievable deformities and was banned by all countries. Since then new therapeutic uses have been discovered giving positive results to those using it.

Glad you always find my comments so attractive to you.

What are your personal comments on the issues?

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Doctors had assured pregnant women that the drug was safe.

This reminds me of a recent drug that doctors assured pregnant women that the drug was safe.

Time will tell.

On retrospect - the present is already telling.

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Tragic. Thalidomide is being used again.

"After more positive results, thalidomide was used as a treatment for leprosy in many countries. More recently, it has been used successfully to control some AIDS-related conditions, and as a targeted cancer drug for treating the symptoms of cancers such as multiple myeloma."

So it is tragic it caused caused birth defects, stillbirths and miscarriages.

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the drug’s British distributor Diageo Scotland Ltd. 

At the time, I think it was manufactured and distributed in the UK by Distillers Company Biochemical, a subsidiary of Distillers Company. Diageo later took over the company.

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Most of us weren't around back then, but I bet the scariest part of that ordeal would have been when "global village"-type people virtue-signaled taking Thalidomide, and then demonized those who raised concerns as "anti-Thalidomiders". This is base level human character, seen throughout history, and always leads to bad outcomes when mob rule of the misinformed occurs.

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Most of us weren't around back then, but I bet the scariest part of that ordeal would have been when "global village"-type people virtue-signaled taking Thalidomide, and then demonized those who raised concerns as "anti-Thalidomiders". 

I don't recall anything like that. I was young at the time when I would see thalidomide kids younger than me. The general reaction was sadness, and a determination to make sure something similar didn't happen again.

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Covid,vaccines by another name!

absolutely shocking abuse of privilege by doctors prescribing this poison! But they can just shrug it off! Not the poor recipients though who have deformed children as a result!

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The US were spared on this case

Though not an Oxycodone epidemic

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I don't know how you would even screen a drug for birth defects unless it is revealed in animal studies.

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Safe and effective... claimed the experts.

Years later, the hard truth became evident.

The experts that did their jobs (as in the US) clearly said there was not enough evidence of safety during pregnancy, there is a reason the problem was not presented all over the world but only on some countries, and there is a reason why extra mechanisms to evaluate it became obligatory

Time will tell.

On retrospect - the present is already telling.

Exactly, the evidence of what is actually best for pregnancies and newborns is already clear, unfortunately antivaxxer groups are trying very hard to mislead people by pretending this evidence does not exist.

but I bet the scariest part of that ordeal would have been when "global village"-type people virtue-signaled taking Thalidomide, and then demonized those who raised concerns as "anti-Thalidomiders".

Nothing of the sort happened, and as written before, it clearly contradicts what actually happened when the safety and efficacy testing were done as they were supposed to.

Covid,vaccines by another name!

The opposite, covid vaccines prevent problems during pregnancy, in this case antivaxxers are trying to mislead people into the option that does more damage. They are the pro-thalidomide group.

I don't know how you would even screen a drug for birth defects unless it is revealed in animal studies.

It is not screened for birth defects, instead it is simply assumed that it will cause them unless it is proved not to by indirect evidence (for example the inevitable case where it is used during pregnancy even against the recommendation of the doctors). Extensive animal experimentation for anything with a new mechanism of action is also the rule now, specially for things intended to be used during pregnancy.

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