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***TRIGGER WARNING***Thalidomide Documentary

Wiseowl

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This is a very powerful and emotive documentary. I would not advise watching it if you are feeling vulnerable.

I just think it needs to be on here given the topic and general issues around drug companies.

Also there may be members who were around at the time, members who are not aware of what happened, members who know people effected by it or were effected themselves and may wish to talk about their experiences.

The documentary can be viewed by clicking the link below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0441xct/thalidomide-the-fifty-year-fight
 
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I watched this the other night when it was shown - it's very interesting, and just shows how far drugs companies go to wriggle out of responsibility for side effects of their products.
But for one man's campaigning and a chance encounter with an American lawyer it could all have been so different.
 
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I had heard of what happened with Thalidomide but I was not alive during the 60s, 70s or most of the 80s. Seeing this documentary was an eye opening experience and I still cannot believe that Grünenthal have not apologised or accepted responsibility after all this time.

I also found it very distressing hearing about babies being neglected by medical staff so they would die.

I know things are not perfect now, but the way disability was seen back then without a social model purely the medical model is just shocking.

These are children they are human beings and people. Not statistics or things to be hidden away.

I feel for the parents as well having all that guilt and shame. People treating so badly.
 
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