TV News LIES

Thursday, Nov 20th

Last update07:13:21 AM GMT

You are here News Health Thalidomide’s big lie overshadows corporate apology

Thalidomide’s big lie overshadows corporate apology

E-mail Print PDF

ThalidomideA lie wrapped in an apology is still a lie. It is a big lie, a particularly offensive lie, coming as it does from the German company Chemie Grünenthal responsible for inflicting its notorious drug thalidomide on hundreds of thousands of women in 52 countries.

Some 90,000 babies are calculated to have died in spontaneous abortion, but at least 10,000 mothers are known to have given birth to malformed babies between 1958 and 1961; the most damaged survive today as limbless trunks, others whose legs and arms were reduced to digital “flipper” extrusions from the shoulder, and thousands have severe internal injuries as well.

Grünenthal (now GmbH) was a small private company set up after World War Two as an offshoot of an old family firm that made soaps and detergents. Its first pharmaceuticals were produced under foreign license, but thalidomide (which it called Contergan) was its own, a sedative discovered by accident in the spring of 1954 by a 32-year-old chemist and doctor, Heinrich Mückter. To exploit the postwar sleeping-pill boom,

Grünenthal marketed it massively from October 1957 as “completely safe,” “completely atoxic,” and free of the unpleasant side effects of barbiturates. The sales department called it “the apple of our eye” because it was so profitable. From 1958 to 1961 they zeroed in on promoting it for use by expectant mothers.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Federal court allows Mississippi's only abortion clinic to remain open

abortion clinic mississippiA federal appeals court said Thursday that it won’t reconsider its earlier ruling that a 2012...

Canadian couple ends up with $1M hospital bill for birth in Hawaii

Blue CrossA Canadian couple got stuck with an enormous hospital bill after their baby came nine weeks...

Dear New York City's Uninsured: Screw You, Love Governor Cuomo

Andrew CuomoBridging the gap between policy debate and real, appreciable government support, Remote Area Medical has hosted...

Eating trans fat may damage memory

transfatYet another reason to cut back on cookies: A new study shows that eating trans fat...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!