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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
Gwen: born in Ohio in 1962
Darren: born in Missouri in 1962
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
John: born in Mississippi in 1959
Terrie: born in 1964
Leslie: born in Maryland, 1959
Randall: born on a US military base, Madrid, Spain, 1958
Learn more about the American thalidomide survivors' quest for justice more than 60 years after their mothers unwittingly took samples of the unapproved drug while pregnant in the July 25 2023 issue of People magazine
Cleveland Radio host and comedian Jimmy Malone talks with author Jennifer Vanderbes about the hidden history of thalidomide in America. Jimmy remembers the incomplete story told in magazine and newspaper stories in the 1960s.
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:...
In the Washington Post today, Perri Klass, a professor of journalism and pediatrics at New York University, reviews the new book "Wonder Drug: The Secret History of Thalidomide in America and its Hidden Victims” by Jennifer Vanderbes, to be released by Random House on...
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