Rhoda Mullucks is distraught when her daughter Susan is rejected by a nursery as being 'ill.' Guilt-ridden Dr Turner arranges to take them to a specialist unit for the fitting of prosthetic limbs, and has to overcome the objections of Rhoda's husband Bernie. Rhoda is given hope by Lydia, a similarly affected parent. Phyllis is in crisis after accidentally running over one of Carrie Antoine's sons, after delivering Carrie's latest baby. She needs the support of the other midwives and Carrie herself to prevent prosecution and allow her to resume her work. Trixie meanwhile suspects Christopher of infidelity and forces him to explain himself before their relationship can continue.
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The thalidomide scandal, which resulted in approximately 10,000 babies being born with birth defects (half of whom died) and untold numbers of miscarriages, could have been significantly worse had it not been for Frances Oldham Kelsey
. Kelsey, a physician and pharmacologist, began work at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1960, when one of her first cases was reviewing the application for thalidomide. Although the drug had already been approved in 20 countries, including her home country of Canada, Kelsey rejected the application six times over concerns for its safety. The drug's manufacturer, Grünenthal GmbH, submitted no proof of its effectiveness or safety, which the FDA did not require at the time. When the drug was exposed in 1962 for causing horrific birth defects, Kelsey was hailed as a heroine for preventing a national tragedy by refusing to allow thalidomide on the U.S. market. After Kelsey revealed the pressure she had been under, the American public was outraged to learn that drugs could get FDA approval so easily. On October 10, 1962, Congress passed a law requiring drug manufacturers to provide proof of the effectiveness and safety of their drugs before receiving FDA approval. That same year, Kelsey received the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service from President John F. Kennedy. See more
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