Drugs and Birth Defects: What You Need to Know When You are Pregnant

Drug: Thalidomide

Search for key reference materials through the Web using the National Library of Medicine, the FDA, teratology organizations such as the March of Dimes or information provided by the manufacturer.

Look for the following information:

a. Indications for specific use of your drug (a list of the diseases for which the drug is known to be effective)

b. The type of malformations (birth defects) it might cause

c. The possible mechanism(s) (describes a specific biochemical reaction through which a drug produces its effect) by which the defect occurs


– 1.5 page essay

– Each point one paragraph

– 1.5 spaced, font size 12, Times New Roman

– Cite sources