Brazil’s new Generation of Thalidomide Babies

The drug Thalidomide is still causing birth defects in Brazil today

Brazil's new generation of Thalidomide babies
In Brazil Thalidomide drug was re-licensed in 1965 as a treatment for skin lesions, one of the complications of leprosy

A new scientific study seen exclusively by the BBC indicates that the drug Thalidomide is still causing birth defects in Brazil today. It’s been given to people suffering from leprosy to ease some of their symptoms, and some women have taken it unaware of the risks they run when pregnant.

About ten thousand Thalidomide babies were born worldwide until the drug was withdrawn in the early 1960s. But in Brazil the drug was re-licensed in 1965 as a treatment for skin lesions, one of the complications of leprosy. Researchers now say 100 Brazilian children have injuries exactly like those caused by Thalidomide.

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by Angus Crawford, BBC Newsnight, 24 July 2013.

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