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Frances Kelsey

Frances O. Kelsey (1914-2015) receives the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service from President John F. Kennedy, 1962.

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"In 1960 she moved to Washington, D.C., and began her long and distinguished career at the Food and Drug Administration, where she later became chief of the Division of New Drugs, director of the Division of Scientific Investigations, and deputy for Scientific and Medical Affairs, Office of Compliance. Dr. Frances Kelsey took her stand against thalidomide during her first month at the Food and Drug Administration, on her first assignment. The task was supposed to be a straightforward review of a sleeping pill already widely used in Europe, but Kelsey was concerned by some data suggesting dangerous side effects in patients who took the drug repeatedly. While she continued to withhold approval, the manufacturers tried everything they could to get around her judgement."

Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914 - 2015) Food and Drug Administration officer who saved U.S. babies from thalidomide dies at 101. The New York Times

Helen Brooke Taussig (1898-1986) was a paediatric cardiologist who also campaigned for blocking introduction of thalidomide into the U.S.A, therefore decreasing the effects of this drug in that country. One of her students had drawn her attention to the congenital malformations occurring in Germany and England.

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NIH Biography


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