To All The Drugs Companies

George Heavner gheavner at
Wed Apr 15 19:36:08 EST 1998

Thalidomide is indeed being evaluated as a TNF antagonist.  Although many
people may not be aware of it, Thalidomide has been available in the US for
years to treat leprosy.  I don't think anyone would recommend it's
indiscriminate use as a sedative or to pregnant women where it's teratogenic
effects can be catastrophic.  Most likely this chain of postings started when
ATeasd5941 "caught a few seconds on Radio-4" and, without knowing the complete
story, reacted.  While ATeasd5941 wants other drug companies to "be the wise
men", I would suggest the axion, "Make sure brain is engaged before putting
mouth in gear."

George A. Heavner

mark wrote:

> ATeasd5941 wrote:
> >
> > >>>>I just caught a few seconds on Radio-4 that suggested thalidomide can
> > be licensed for use with named PWMS in the UK.<<<<
> >
> > If Thalidomide is re-marketed in Britain or any other country I think the
> > storm is going to be more than any drug company can take. I am
> > sure their shares will plummet. It may just be helpful to know why the
> > drug caused the deformities, they will have egg all over their faces.
> >
> > It is also in the interest of other drugs companies to act on this to
> > stop it happening. It is good PR for them to ' be the wise men '
> > in the proceedings. There are some things in life that have to be
> > put on a shelf and left there and Thalidomide is one of them.
> >
> > You are still making far too many mistakes to revive an old one, do a
> > decent thing for once. Put little peoples well-being before your
> > pockets, they have no voice just years of tears.
> Ithink that thalidomide is being used as a TNF agonist or
> antagonist.  Is anyone else knowledable about this?
> markH

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