R.I.P. Dr. Frances Kelsey

Canadian doctor who kept thalidomide out of U.S. dies

The drug, made by the German firm Chemie Grünenthal, was approved for use in countries around the world, including Britain, Japan and Canada. But Dr. Kelsey, a novice medical examiner working for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at the dawn of the 1960s, remained skeptical about its safety. Her insistence on obtaining scientific evidence despite the drug company’s relentless lobbying kept thalidomide at bay in the United States.

I doubt anyone today at the FDA could stand up against a pharma company.

She was a hero.

Rest in peace.


Dr. Frances Kelsey, Who Protected Americans from Thalidomide, Turns 100
Frances Oldham Kelsey

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