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Thalidomide produces benefits in some patients with tumours

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 18 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:360
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The drug thalidomide, which led to severe birth defects in the 1950s when it was used during pregnancy to prevent morning sickness, has been shown to produce benefits in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome and to prevent the progression of some forms of myeloma, according to two separate studies.

    Despite its reputation, the drug is gaining favour in the treatment of a variety of cancers and infectious diseases. In one study, Dr Azra Raza, from Rush-Presbyterian-St …

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