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FDA Says Some U.S. Mothers Took Thalidomide

Sept. 13, 1962 - The Food and Drug Administration said today it had reports that at least 10 deformed babies had been born in this country to women who took the sleep-inducing drug Thalidomide. A spokesman said investigations of reported cases were under way in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The spokesman said the agency feared there would be other reports of deformed babies attributed to use of Thalidomide because some pregnant women known to have taken the drug had not yet given birth to their babies. Thalidomide was never approved for sale in this country, but the manufacturer — the William S. Merrell Company — distributed more than 2,500,000 tablets to 1,267 physicians for testing on humans.

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