come on you say a dry pill of thalidomide can release enough medication through the skin to be teratogenic? why isn’t it delivered as an enteric coated pill, so that such contamination by casual contact would be impossible?
Any coating would delay or diminish the effect, perhaps even making the drug miss its target in the digestive system, entirely.
Look it up.
I know what I am talking about, this Thalidomide is dangerous stuff to unborn babies.
I found the NIH info here:
It's in in a capsule. The threat of contamination is really the risk of handling a broken or leaking capsule.
There are many more warnings and restrictions. You have to see a doctor every month to refill the prescription.
If you are a woman that can become pregnant, you have to use two forms of birth control 4 weeks before, during, and 4 weeks after treatment (or abstain entirely from sex).
While you are taking it, all of your bodily fluids are contaminated -- which means that everyone around you must take special precautions.
I can still see, in my mind, the haunting pictures from Life magazine of the thalidomide babies. I did not know about the use of thalidomide to alleviate nausea from chemotherapy. That tells me that insanity is still alive and well in the human race.