NAVIGATING THE PERFECT STORM by ProQuest

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The origin of our current pharmacovigilance systems can be traced back to the teratogenic effects of thalidomide, first reported as a series of three cases in The Lancet in 1961. 1 Recognition of thalidomide's association with a variety of birth defects and, in particular, limb defects known as phocomelia, led to the drug's withdrawal from the market. Up until this time, the only way of reporting adverse drug reactions was through publication in medical literature.

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