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If Frances Kelsey Could Protect America From the Pharmaceutical Industry in 1962, Congress Can Today

Sometimes it takes a scandal to get the public's attention, but it also helps to have a courageous figure who takes on big business to protect public health and safety. This David vs. Goliath conflict not only makes good drama. It can also make good public policy. And that's exactly what happened a half century ago when Frances Kelsey almost singlehandedly took on the pharmaceutical industry.

Frances who?

You've probably never of her, but she may have saved your life. In the early 1960s, Kelsey -- a doctor and research scientist with the FDA -- saved thousands of babies from severe birth defects by stopping a big pharmaceutical company from marketing the drug thalidomide. Equally…

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