"In the same 2005-2010 period, 5.8 million Thalidomide pills were distributed across Brazil. "We had about 100 cases in these six years similar to Thalidomide syndrome," says another of the research team, Dr Fernanda Vianna."
"A tragedy is occurring in Brazil... it is a syndrome which is completely avoidable," says Dr Lavinia Schuler-Faccini, a professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.But campaigners, doctors and leprosy sufferers say the drug is vital. They believe the benefits outweigh the risks."
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