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The Thalidomide-Caused Birth Defects Big-Pharma Criminal Scandal

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WATCH: Thalidomide – Still With Us Half a Century Later

German pharmaceutical company Grünenthal marketed thalidomide world-wide starting in 1957. Pregnant women used the sleeping pill, which had been deemed so harmless it was available over the counter in Germany. Yet the drug proved damaging to embryos and caused serious birth defects--- Estimates are that the drug caused thousands of deformities and an unknown number of stillbirths, until it was taken off the market at the end of 1961 when the links became clear.

Big Pharma doesn’t care if their product works. They don’t care if it’s safe. They don’t want you to be well or get better. They just want your money.

This revealing documentary looks into the Thalidomide tragedy---

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In the 1950's and 60's the U.S. was spared the tens of thousands of birth defects from Thalidomide because we had a strong regulator environment at the FDA. Still the U.S. did not escape completely as about 20,000 women were given thalidomide in clinical trials and others brought the "safe as aspirin" drug home from Europe, where it was sold over the counter.

The hero was Frances Oldham Kelsey who alone stood up to tremendous pressure from Big-Pharma even at that time. She blocked the FDA approval of the "harmless sleeping and morning sickness pill", taken by many pregnant women in Europe.

Shockingly, thalidomide was put back on the market in the 1990's to "treat" other diseases. Now it is causing birth defects again as ill-informed pregnant women take it. Big-Pharma never gives up a chance for profits on even its most harmful and deadly drugs. They just pull these drugs off the shelf and repurpose them for another purpose. AZT is another one.

See NYT The Unseen Survivors of Thalidomide Want to Be Heard --- "Today, as the coronavirus circles the globe claiming thousands of lives there is a renewed push to rush potential cures to market, even if it means bypassing the checks and balances that were thalidomide's legacy."

Big-Pharma is never help to accountability. At worse they are give a slap on the wrist fine and compensation. At best then have total immunity.

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Thalidomide was never approved in the United States. Despite the fact that when it was submitted for approval in the U.S. it had already been approved in over forty countiries the FDA refused to approve it because he deemed the research inadequate. The U.S. has the most rigorous standards for approving dugs.

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Well, I can't think of anything more irresponsible than authorizing an experimental drug that has not even been through the animal trial stage to the entire 350 million population of the US.

At a maximum the Covid-19 biologic should only have been given to the high risk population.

There is no reason to expose an experimental drug to those that have a low risk of contracting Covid-19 and an even lower risk of dying from Covid-19. This vaccine campaign is a huge gamble, with millions of lives at stake.

Once vaccinated you can't get unvaccinated.

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