The Amendments caused the “American thalidomide” tragedy

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May 15, 2011
Liberty For All
by Mary J. Ruwart  
Posted in Commentary

"Ironically, the amendments, intended to prevent tragedies like thalidomide, actually caused what I refer to as the 'American thalidomide tragedy.' In the early 1980s, several reports in medical journals indicated that folic acid taken early in pregnancy could prevent a number of birth defects. Naturally, folic acid manufacturers wished to advertise the benefit of this vitamin. However, to be consistent, the FDA could not allow them to make an efficacy claim without going through the expensive development process." (05/15/11)  

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