Letter to the editor: Thalidomide never approved in the U.S.

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I would like to respond to Jim Tejcka’s letter to the editor in the June 30 Reflector. He equates the COVID vaccine to Thalidomide, which he said was an approved medicine that was later found to be disastrous. 

Thalidomide was never approved in the U.S., and in fact FDA pharmacologist Francis Kelsey was awarded the President’s Award by John Kennedy for her refusal to approve the drug despite pressure by pharmaceutical companies.  It was approved in Canada, however, and many European countries, and these may have been the sources for American women obtaining the drug.   

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