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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Thalidomide
Answer: Thalidomide was a notorious drug in the early 60s. This drug was used as a sleep sedative and was kept out of the U.S. by the FDA. Subsequently, it was found out that it induced severe fetal abnormalities when pregnant women took the drug in certain stages of pregnancy. It produced foreshortening of the limbs and children would look like they had flippers instead of normal arms and legs. In the last few years, it has been used in both AIDS and leprosy and may be cleared for certain very clear indications in the future.
Answer: This drug has been used to treat several types of problems which involve the immune system. Ranging from lupus to AIDS. Currently, the drug is only available to treat leprosy and is only available through the Hansen's Disease Clinic in Carville, Louisiana.