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  •  We can use this in the election: (10+ / 0-)

    Thalidomide wasn't released in the USA because the FDA had serious reservations about its safety.  

    In other words, "Big Government" prevented a Thalidomide catastrophe here.  

    So every time Romney and Ryan go off about "big government," our answer should be: Just say Thalidomide!

    And yeah, it may be crass as hell of me to be talking politics when there are thousands of people around the world who have endured lifelong disabilities as a result of this thing, but the facts are the facts.  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 11:19:33 PM PDT

    •  I heard (2+ / 0-)
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      Mother Mags, G2geek

      that it was one person at the FDA who felt that there was a problem, and insisted on checking everything until the evidence was clear.

      By the way, thalidomide has some actual medical uses in treating some kinds of cancer. But they'll never give it to a pregnant woman again.

      (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

      by PJEvans on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 10:12:42 AM PDT

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