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Thalidomide effects revealed

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Thalidomide, a sedative used by pregnant women to combat many of the effects of morning sickness, first becomes available in Canada in sample form in 1959 and is licensed for prescription use on April 1, 1961. It remains available in Canada until March 1962, three months after European countries ban it, despite clear indications that the drug is the cause of severe birth defects.

Medium: Radio
Program: Trans Canada Matinee
Broadcast Date: Aug. 1, 1962
Host: Mac Atkinson
Reporter: Warner Troyer
Duration: 3:26

Did You know?


• When it was first released on the market, thalidomide was thought to be so safe that it was sold without prescription. It was hailed as a wonder drug that provided a "safe, sound sleep."


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