Safety of thalidomide

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6941.1437b (Published 28 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1437
  1. C L Crawford
  1. Department of Anatomy, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London W6 8RF.

    EDITOR, - Use of thalidomide only on a named patient basis does not necessarily mean that patients are protected from its side effects, as implied by Baroness Cumberlege, the junior health minister.1 According to Sir William Asscher, the former chairman of the Committee on the Safety of Medicines, “the companies who supply a drug for named patient use are not required by law …

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