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Teratogens Credits and Politics

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Banning Teratogens Credits and Politics

According to some experts, it was the famous pediatric pioneer Helen B. Taussig, then at the Johns Hopkins University, and the insistence of President John F. Kennedy that prompted the FDA tao ban Thalidomide in the U.S. In fact, the FDA was actually moving slowly toward the approval of the drug. Credit is also due to Senator Estes Kefauver and his staff for dramatizing the impending catastrophe through the press in order to hurry the adoption of the 1962 amendments regulating new drugs (from J. D. Cooper, "Purpose, Technique and Strategy" in "Regulating New Drugs", Ed. R. L. Landay, University of Chicago Press and from R.M.Goldberg, "Breaking Up the FDA's Medical Information Monopoly" in "Regulation, Cato Review of Business & Government").

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