THALIDOMIDE MAKER FINALLY SORRY THAT IT CAUSED ALL THOSE KIDS TO BE DEFORMED
September 1 2012
Stolberg, Germany – Medical science has been, for a long time, a kind of complicated alchemy. Even today, with all kinds of strict regulations and testing standards, working out exactly what kind of impact and effect a drug will have on people is a challenge. In that past, when standards were much looser, the process was actually much easier but magnitudes more deadly.
Perhaps the most notorious of such medicinal malpractices was Thalidomide which was seen as a godsend for pregnant women when it was first introduced but ultimately ended up being a nightmare beyond anything anyone could have imagined, deforming thousands of babies and killing thousands more.
The effects of that drug were seen quite early on and thus prevented even more damage but by the end more than ten thousand children were afflicted with permanent and severe disabilities ranging from brain damage to blindness to massive limb deformities. Now, more than fifty years after that drug was pulled from the market, the maker of the company has finally decided to apologize to the people who suffered from its effects even though they clearly aren’t really all that sorry at all.
“We wish that the thalidomide tragedy had never happened. We see both the physical hardship and the emotional stress that the affected, their families and particularly their mothers, had to suffer because of thalidomide and still have to endure day by day,” said Gruenenthal chief executive Harald Stock. “We ask for forgiveness that for nearly 50 years we didn't find a way of reaching out to you from human being to human being. We ask that you regard our long silence as a sign of the shock that your fate caused in us.”
Most victims and their families don’t regard it that way and actually just see it as arrogance and disgusting.
It’s believed that Stock will never hear those complaints because he just doesn’t care what freaks have to say.
“It’s very strange that it has taken this long for the company to say anything, like anything at all to the people who have been affected by this drug. I mean even though they are German they probably didn’t intend for this to happen but it still did and they should have taken responsibility for it,” said Scrape TV Health analyst Rebecca Phelps. “It has to be hard and I’m sure there are some legal concerns even now and likely will be until all the victims die but just saying sorry, well, that’s not too much to ask really and could have come much sooner.”
The company did unveil a statue as tribute to the victims which really does make up for a lifetime of deformity, pain, and ridicule.
“Clearly the people running the company today are not the people who were running it when they put this deadly and terrible drug to market and so they shouldn’t have to bear all the responsibility for the effects of the drug over the long term but, heck, yeah screw it. It’s not their fault and these things should just stop complaining,” continued Phelps. “Sure they got screwed in life but that’s the way life works. People have all kind of disabilities, life isn’t perfect for anyone and you just have to accept that and live the best you can. Besides, they did get a statue which isn’t a bad thing at all.”
The statue of course emphasizes the deformity because Gruenenthal wouldn’t have it any other way.
Lauren Hebert, Health Correspondent