|Frances Kelsey, prevented thalidomide from entering the market in the United States|
A fascinating interview with the women who was responsible in stopping the drug, thalidomide, being widely prescribed in the United States.
Frances Kelsey was the reviewer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] who refused to authorize thalidomide for market because she had concerns about the drug's safety.
Kelsey, against all odds, stood up to be counted. She knew there was something wrong with the drug and she stood firm in not allowing herself to be manipulated by the company that was trying to push it on American citizens.
The FDA needs more people with a conscience, with ethics.
Frances Kelsey prevented a disaster. In her honour the FDA have now established 'The Frances Kelsey Award', which is given to an FDA staff member annually.
Kelsey is now 98, the interview with her [below] is one that we, as patient advocates, should listen to.
One for the sisterhood.
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