Thalidomide Manufacturer Apologizes to Victims 50 Years Later – Family Rejects

Leslie Carol Botha: The mother of a Melbourne Thalidomide victim says an apology from the drug’s German manufacturer is insulting. It is insulting. Medical consumers are medical experiments. Birth control pills, implants injections, and synthetic HRT – hormone replacement therapies and the HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix are all uncontrolled experiments on women. The largest uncontrolled medical experiments in the history of medicines.¬† Along with Thalidomide. Too little too late.

Pharmaceutical Company Grunenthal Apologizes 50 Years After Drug Pulled Off Market

ABC World News with Diane Sawyer
Sept. 1, 2012

The pharmaceutical company responsible for a morning sickness drug that left thousands of infants with birth defects — including flipper-like limbs — has finally apologized, more than five decades after the drug was recalled in 1961.

Grunenthal, the company that made thalidomide, attributed its 50-year lack of an apology “as a sign of silent shock,” Grunenthal CEO Harald Stock said at the unveiling of a statue for the drug’s birth defect victims in Stolberg, Germany on Friday.

A bronze statue by artist Bonifatius Stirnberg is on display in Stolberg, Germany symbolizing a child born without limbs because of thalidomide Friday Aug, 31, 2012.

“In numerous talks with those affected, but also, for example, with the ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing of North Rhine-Westphalia — especially in the last few months — we learned how much it is publically desired that we express our deep regrets to those affected by Thalidomide, and in particular to their mothers,” Stock said.

One thalidomide victim’s mother, Wendy Rowe, said Stock’s remark was insulting, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company. She took the drug for one month of her pregnancy, causing her daughter, Lynne to be born without arms or legs.

“Our family couldn’t have gone into silent shock. We had to get up and face each day every day and cope with the incredible damage Grunenthal had done to Lynne and our family,” she told the news outlet. “Shock is having your precious child born without arms and legs. It’s accepting that your child is not going to have that life that you wanted for her.”

The statue created by artist Johannes Igel depicts a girl with hands but no arms in one chair and another empty chair.

An estimated 10,000 children were born with birth defects from thalidomide, many of whom died. Thalidomide sold in 46 countries but never gained FDA approval in the United States. An estimated 40 babies were born with thalidomide-related deformities in the United States, according to the New York Times.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.