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How ethics may have been violated with the use of Thalidomide.

How ethics may have been violated with the use of Thalidomide.


Overview: Thalidomide was a widely used drug in the late 1950s and early 1960s for the treatment of nausea in pregnant women. It became apparent in the 1960s that thalidomide treatment resulted in severe birth defects in thousands of children. The story of thalidomide is one of the most shameful in the history of the modern pharmaceutical industry.

Below you will read an article and watch a video about the tragedy surrounding the pill Thalidomide which resulted in the birth defects of many infants and how it relates to values, ethics, and rationalizations within arguments.


Criteria for Paper:

This critical paper will consist of three parts: argument, analysis, and response. The argument will include the components of the argument, the analysis will include the values, ethics, and rationalizations of the argument, and the response will include your personal reflection of the argument.

Answer the following questions for the argument, analysis, and response. You may copy and paste the questions into your assignment document rather than answer in paragraph form.


What is the issue in the article and video?
What is the conclusion of the issue?
What reasons do the article and video give to support their conclusion?

Based on the article and video, infer possible values that the German Company who developed the drug Thalidomide held?
Why do you think they held these values?
Based on the video, infer some values that the victims of the drug held with regards to legalizing Thalidomide? (refer to the video)
Why do you think they held these values?
Explain using an example from the article how ethics may have been violated with the use of Thalidomide?
Why do you believe that these ethics were violated?
Explain how the German company who developed the drug rationalized their behavior with the application of Thalidomide?
Was their rationalized behavior justified? Why or why not?

After reading the article and evaluating the values and ethics involved, where do you stand on the issue?
Provide at least three reasons to support your conclusion.
How do your values and beliefs influence your argument with Thalidomide?
Do you feel that ethics were violated? Why or why not?



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