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The Many Faces of Thalidomide (from 1957 to 1966)

The Many Faces of Thalidomide (from 1957 to 1966)

compiled by Randolph Warren
May 7, 1999

As much as possible, this document strives to list all of the brand names thalidomide was available under, and provides a comprehensive list of all the countries thalidomide was available in. Whenever possible, the dates of thalidomide availability in each country is also provided.

In some cases, the "Brand Names" are blank, but it is known that thalidomide was present in the country as proven thalidomide victims are located in that country and the mothers got the drug from there either as samples or from some other source. Some countries have no "Dates Available" reference, but again, the drug was not licensed there and therefore there can be no accurate rendering of when samples were first available. In these cases, the drug could not have been available before October 1, 1957, West Germany’s marketing launch date.

It is virtually impossible to completely list all the brand names and every possibility that thalidomide was available in a certain country when it wasn’t licensed there, but what follows is a compilation from many sources to the best of our ability:

Country**Brand Name of ThalidomideDates Available

Angola

Asmaval, Distaval, Tensival, Valgis

 

Argentina

Softenil

withdrawn March 1962

Australia

Asmaval, Distaval, Tensival, Valgis, Valgraine

April 1958 - Dec. 1961

Austria

Softenon

1958 - Dec. 1961

Belgium

Enterosediv, Noctimid, Softenon

1959 - 1962

Brazil

Ectiluran, Ondasil, Sedalis, Sedin, Slip, Verdil

March 1959 - June 1962

Canada

Talimol, Kevadon

Late 1959 - April 1, 1961 as samples, then licensed and withdrawn on March 2, 1962

Canary Islands

 

1959 - 1961

Cyprus

Softenon

April 1961 -

Denmark

Lulanin, Neosedyn

Oct. 1959 - Dec. 1961

Dominican Republic

 

not licensed

Finland

Enterosediv, Noctosediv, Peracon, Prednisediv, Softenon

Sept. 1959 - Dec. 1961

France

 

not licensed

Ghana

Asmaval, Distaval, Tensival, Valgis, Valgraine

 

Great Britain

Asmaval, Distaval, Distaval Forte, Tensival, Valgis, Valgraine

April 1958 - Dec. 2, 1961

Guinea

Asmaval, Distaval, Tensival, Valgis, Valgraine

withdrawn in 1961

Hong Kong

Poli-Gripan

 

Hungary

 

not licensed

Iran

 

1959 - 1966

Iraq

 

1960 - 1961

Ireland

Enterosediv, Noctosediv, Poli-Gripan, Prednisediv, Softenon

May 1959 - January 1962

Israel

Thalin, Thalinette

for a few weeks only

Italy

Asmadion, Calmorex, Corona-Robetin, Gastrinide, Imidene, Imidene ipnotico, Profarmil, Quetimid, Quietoplex, Sedimide, Sediserpil, Sedoval K-17, Theophyl-Choline, Ulcerfen, Valip

still on sale ten months after German withdrawal

Japan

Bonbrain, Glutanon, Isomin, NeoNibrol (also: New Nibrol), Nerufatin, Proban-M, Sanodormin, Shin-Naito-S, Shin Nibrol, Sleepan

January 1958 - 1963

Available Over-The-Counter.

Jordan

 

1959 - 1961

Lebanon

 

1959 - 1961

Malaysia

Poli-Gripan

 

Malta

Softenon

 

Mexico

Talargan

1959 - 1962

Mozambique

 

1960 - 1961

Netherlands (Holland)

Enterosediv, Noctosediv, Softenon

January 1959 - Nov. 1961

New Zealand

Asmaval, Distaval, Tensival, Valgis, Valgraine

 

Norway

Nevrodyn, Neurosedyn

Nov. 1959 - Dec. 1961

Pakistan

Poli-Gripan

 

Peru

Softenil

 

Portugal

Algosediv, Contergan, Distaval, Enterosediv, Imida-Lab, Kevadon, Noctosediv, Sedi-Lab, Softenon

August 1960 - Dec. 1961

Saudi Arabia

 

1959 - 1961

Singapore

 

 

Somalia

 

 

Spain

Imidan, Softenon

May 1961 - May 1962 (?)

Sudan

 

1959 - 1961

Sweden

Neurosedyn, Noxodyn, Noxosedyn

Sept. 1958 - Dec. 12, 1961, withdrawn a second time March 14, 1962 as first withdrawal was done quietly and not heeded.

Switzerland

Algosediv, Enterosediv, Noctosediv, Softenon

Sept. 1958 - Dec. 1961

Syria

 

1959 - 1961

Taiwan

 

Sept. 1958 - 1962

United States

Kevadon

1958 - December 1961 as samples only

West Africa

Asmaval, Distaval, Tensival, Valgis, Valgraine

 

West Germany

Algosediv, Contergan, Contergan Forte, Contergan Saft, Contergan-Suppositorium, Grippex, Pantosediv, Peracon-Expectorans, Prednisev, Softenon, Softenon Forte

October 1, 1957 - November 28, 1961

* This is where it all started!

There were reports of babies being born as early as 1956 but ONLY to employees of the drug company.

Yugoslavia

 

not licensed


** The following countries have reported the presence of thalidomide and / or thalidomide victims having been born there, but the actual brand name that was available, likely as samples, and the dates of availability cannot be confirmed; What is clear is that the drug COULD NOT be available before October 1, 1957:

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bolivia, Burma, Chile, Curacao, East Germany, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gaza, Goa, Greece, Haiti, Kuwait, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Qatar, Rhodesia, South Africa, Thailand.

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