Frances Kelsey

Canadian doctor refused to bow to pressure from makers of drug when she worked for the US Food and Drug Administration in the early 1960s

FDA regulator Frances Kelsey protected every infant born in the US against potential birth defects by standing her ground against intense pressure from the manufacturer of Thalidomide, a drug used to treat morning sickness. She put a lot on the line by refusing to allow Thalidomide into the US market until it had been more thoroughly tested – thus saving many children from its later-discovered side effects.

Rest in Peace, Doctor Kelsey.

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