The details of this drug must never be forgotten along with shame that its creators and the governments that still allow its use, have yet to show.

We have still not had after all these years a public inquiry into the international disaster that was and could be again Thalidomide.

Article Warning: The details will be upsetting to decent human beings, but needs to be known.

{{#NewWindowLink:}} was used in the late 1950s and early 1960s to combat morning sickness, but led to children being born without limbs.

  • 1953 – The anti-morning sickness drug thalidomide is created in Germany by the Grünenthal Group.
  • 1958 – Thalidomide is first licensed for use in the UK.
  • 1961 – Australian doctor William McBride wrote to leading medical journal, the Lancet, after noticing an increase in deformed babies being born at his hospital – all to mothers who had taken thalidomide. The drug was withdrawn later that year.
  • 1968 – UK manufacturers Distillers Biochemicals Limited (now Diageo) reach a compensation settlement following a legal battle by the families of those affected.
  • 1972 – The Sunday Times publishes a front page lead under the banner Our Thalidomide Children, A Cause for National Shame, part of a long-running campaign for further compensation. Eventually, a total of £28 million is paid out by Diageo during the 1970s.
  • 2004 – Thalidomide is made available on a named patient basis – doctors can give it to patients but only on a case-by-case basis and at their own discretion, under strict controls.
How many new victims of the drug will have to be born before it's use is finally stopped‽

Robcamstone (talk) 12:09, July 30, 2015 (UTC)

  • 2005 – A Kenyan boy with no arms or legs is granted a visa to travel to the UK to receive medical treatment after a campaign from charity Thalidomide UK. It was not known what caused 14 month-old Freddie Musean Mtile's disabilities, but the charity said the drug is still used in the treatment of leprosy and Aids in developing countries.
His parents must know if he's mother was using Thalidomide

Robcamstone (talk) 13:33, July 30, 2015 (UTC)

  • 2005 – Diageo agrees to double its compensation payouts to Thalidomide victims from £2.8 million to around £6.5 million a year.
  • 2006 – Freddie Musean Mtile, dies from a fungal infection, aged one.
  • 2007 – A study shows Thalidomide can significantly improve the survival of bone-marrow cancer patients. Researchers found that adding Thalidomide to standard treatment added an average of 18 months to the lives of elderly patients with multiple myeloma.
  • 2008 – The drug is approved for the treatment of multiple myeloma by the European Medicines Agency.
  • 2009 – Scientists at the University of Aberdeen claim they have solved a "50-year puzzle" after discovering how Thalidomide causes limb defects. They found that a component of the drug prevents the growth of new blood vessels in developing embryos, stunting limb growth.
  • 2009 – The Government agrees a £20 million grant, to be paid by the Department of Health to the Thalidomide Trust over three years, after another campaign by the Sunday Times.
  • 2010 – Health Minister Mike O'Brien makes a formal apology to Thalidomide victims, expressing "sincere regret and deep sympathy" on behalf of the Government. But the apology was greeted with mixed response from victims, some describing it as "too little, too late".
  • 2010 – The 18 Northern Irish survivors of the Thalidomide receive a formal apology and £1 million compensation from the devolved assembly.
  • 2012 – The inventor of Thalidomide, the Grunenthal Group, releases a statement saying it "regrets" the consequences of the drug.
  • 2013 Health Canada is warning people taking a thalidomide drug that users may be at risk of developing blood clots in their arteries. Read Full Article {{#NewWindowLink:}}.
No apology by any government or drug manufacturer can be valid while they allow the use and manufacturer of Thalidomide. The negatives outweigh the positives, we have alternative drugs for helping with the treatment of Aids, Cancer, Leprosy, etc

Robcamstone (talk) 13:33, July 30, 2015 (UTC)