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Reversal of Fortune: How a Vilified Drug Became a Life-saving Agent in the "War" Against

Thalidomide*, a white, crystalline, odorless and tasteless powder which is a synthetic derivative of glutamic acid (alpha-phthalimido glutarimide), now recognized as the cause of an epidemic of infant malformations, was, as the story is told, originally developed in 1952 as a tranquilizer by Swiss pharmaceutical company Ciba AG (now part of Novartis). The drug was one of the many...

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