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How Many Thalidomide babies Were born in the US?

Every source from 1962 through 2019 has quoted an incorrect number of “thalidomide babies” born in the United States. FDA records investigated by journalist Jennifer Vanderbes suggest that dozens of babies were never identified or officially counted.

The official FDA count released in the 1960s was seventeen thalidomide babies born in the United States. Nine of them were born to mothers who took samples made by American drug companies. Eight other mothers said they obtained the drug in other countries.

There were many more. In 2023, Random House released WONDER DRUG: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THALIDOMIDE IN AMERICA AND ITS HIDDEN VICTIMS, detailing the previously unreported suspicions raised by the original FDA investigation.

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Thalidomide in the USA: the Forgotten Survivors

A few of approximately 75 Members we have located since 2016

Bonnie: born in Illinois in 1962

JoJo: born in New York in 1962

Jean: born in Ohio in 1962

Thalidomide Baby born in the U.S.

Gwen: born in Ohio in 1962

Thalidomide Baby born in the U.S.

Darren: born in Missouri in 1962

Thalidomide Baby born in the U.S.

Kim: born in Pennsylvania in 1959

Jan: born in Oklahoma in 1962

Tawana: born in North Carolina in 1963

Gianna: born on a US Military Base in 1962

Thalidomide baby born in the U.S. 1962

John: born in Mississippi in 1959

Thalidomide baby born in the U.S. 1962

Terrie: born in 1964

Thalidomide baby born in the U.S. 1962

Bobbie: 

Thalidomide baby born in the U.S. 1962

Leslie: born in Maryland, 1959

Thalidomide baby born in the U.S. 1962

Marta: 

Thalidomide baby born in the U.S. 1962

Randall: born on a US military base, Madrid, Spain, 1958

Steve-Markle

Steve: born in New Jersey, 1962

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Harvard Public Health Magazine reviews Wonder Drug:

Harvard Public Health Magazine reviews Wonder Drug:

Richard J. Tofel, a member of Harvard Public Health's advisory board and former ProPublica president, reviewed the "riveting new book 'Wonder Drug: The Secret History of Thalidomide in America and Its Hidden Victims' by Jennifer Vanderbes in this July 17 article:...

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This book for me has been 61 years in the making. I am a character in the book — honestly, I really am. And so are a lot of my friends from U.S. Thalidomide Survivors, a nonprofit formed only a few years ago in 2018. This book is us. This book literally helped us find...

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