What is Thalidomide?
Thalidomide is a medicine which was developed as a sleeping pill during the 1950's. Then it was discovered that Thalidomide stopped sickness in pregnancy. Doctors gave it to pregnant women to relieve their morning sickness. Thalidomide affected many of the women who took the drug in the early stages of pregnancy. They went on to give birth to babies with severe limb deformities. Since the medicine act 1968, new medicines MUST be tested on animals to see if they have an affect on developing foetuses. Thalidomide is found to be useful in treating autoimmune diseases.