Bristol Myers Squibb/Celgene Myeloma Drugs: Patient-Safety or Profit Motive? Part 3
The myeloma drugs Revlimid and Pomalyst are analogues of Thalomid, aka thalidomide—a drug that still haunts those who remember the late 1950s and early 1960s. Marketed mainly in Europe as an over the counter sedative and morning sickness medicine for pregnant women, thalidomide deformed their babies’ limbs or caused stillbirth. “Thalidomide changed our relationship with new medicines forever,” the U.K.’s national Science Museum says.