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Controversial Morning Sickness Medication

http://media.soundmedicine.org/segments/061613_1.mp3

In 1983, a morning sickness medication called Bendectin was taken off the market after hundreds of lawsuits claimed the drug caused birth defects. According to Men-Jean Lee, M.D., there was no scientific evidence linking Bendectin to birth defects, but distributor Merrell Dow bowed to pressure and pulled it from the market. After rigorous re-testing, the Food and Drug Administration re-approved the drug, but under the new name Diclegis. Dr. Lee assures patients and listeners that Diclegis is completely safe and says she has no qualms about prescribing it.