Thalidomide was first synthesized in West Germany in 1953 by Chemie Grünenthal.
It was hailed as a "wonder drug" that provided a "safe, sound sleep".
However the drug was also found to cure morning sickness in pregnant women
Nausea vomiting in pregnancy NVP – 1st trimester .(1/3)
The first few weeks are a key period – any problems now will accumulate in the future
Nausea vomiting in pregnancy NVP – 1st trimester (1/3)
When do you think most women would be inclined to take this drug?
unfortunately molecules of the thalidomide chemical crossed the placenta and disrupt the growth patterns of the growing foetus
Effect = catastrophic deformations of the baby– best seen as limb abnormalities.
…if this was you – how would your life be different?
Simple - the drug was not trialled or tested for this use on pregnant women
Initially the drug was banned internationally for the treatment of morning sickness
But it has now been reintroduced as a treatment for leprosy
Leprosy – bacterial infection of the skin and nerves endings
Affects the hands, feet and features of the face.