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Malformed Babies in Australia After the Trial of Morning Sickness Drug Thalidomide

by Savitha C Muppala on July 27, 2012 at 11:55 PM
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 Malformed Babies in Australia After the Trial of Morning Sickness Drug Thalidomide

A recent report has revealed the bad outcome of the morning sickness drug, thalidomide, tested on some pregnant women in Australia in 1960, which resulted in malformed babies.

Australian women were the world's first human guinea pigs for the morning sickness drug thalidomide.

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The Documents from Thalidomide distributor Distillers Company (Biochemicals), reveal that Australian women were used for trials of its drug Distaval in 1960.

There was no prior trial conducted on animals before it could be tested on humans, and this was confirmed by a 1962 letter written by a Distillers executive.

The documents also point out that Distillers Company were keenly promoting the drug despite warnings from an obstetrician who had informed about his patients who had consumed thalidomide and had produced malformed or still born babies.



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