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Photos: History of Thalidomide

Published 10:52 AM ET, Sat September 1, 2012
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Thalidomide pills were prescribed in the late 1950s for morning sickness and as a sedative. New Jersey-based Celgene Corp. won Food and Drug Agency approval to use the drug for a painful side-effect of leprosy known as erythema nodosum leprosum. It was banned in 1962 after causing birth defects. Reuters/Landov
Brett Nielsen, 4, practices writing with his artificial arm in 1964. His birth defect was caused by Thalidomide. Getty Images
Members of the German public prosecutor's office announce on March 15, 1967, that pharmaceutical company executives will go on trial over the Thalidomide case. Getty Images
Children affected by Thalidomide jump on tires at the playground of the city run day care center for children suffering from dysmelia in Cologne, Germany, on March 24, 1968. DPA/Landov
Elizabeth Buckle, 7, one of many children affected by the drug Thalidomide, plays the xylophone on November 15, 1968. BIPs/Getty Images
Eddie Freeman, 13, opens a door with a piece of string in this 1973 image. Getty Images
Phillipa Bradbourne uses her feet to play with a toy. Landov