Bendectin, (known as Debendox® in the UK) is a mixture of pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6), and doxylamine, is a drug prescribed to treat nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness. It was voluntarily removed from the market in 1983 by its manufacturer, Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, following numerous lawsuits alleging that it caused birth defects. These lawsuits were largely unfounded, however. There was an overwhelming body of evidence at the time and which continues accumulating to this day that Bendectin does not cause birth defects. The most famous case involving the drug is Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals (1993), which left lasting implications for the way science is used in the courtroom. The Supreme Court ruled that judges had the responsibility to keep junk science out of the courtroom. Pyridoxine is one of the compounds that can be called vitamin B6, along with Pyridoxal and Pyridoxamine. ... Pyridoxine Vitamin B6 pyridoxine is a water-soluble vitamin. ... This article or section may be confusing or unclear for some readers, and should be edited to rectify this. ... For other uses, see Nausea (disambiguation). ... Vomiting (also throwing up or emesis) is the forceful expulsion of the contents of ones stomach through the mouth and sometimes the nose. ... Morning sickness, also called nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) or pregnancy sickness, affects between 50 and 95 percent of all pregnant women as well as some women who take birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. ... A congenital disorder is a medical condition or defect that is present at or before birth (for example, congenital heart disease). ... Holding The Federal Rules of Evidence do not require that techniques relied upon in expert testimony have general professional acceptance or have been subjected to peer review for that testimony to be judged reliable and admissible at trial. ... el 18 de mayo nacio claudia // 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Junk or bunk science is a term used to describe purportedly scientific data, research, analyses or claims which are perceived to be driven by political, financial or other questionable motives. ...
The drug has recently resurfaced and is currently marketed under the same name. It can also be made at home using Vitamin B-6 and one-half of a Unisom, both of which are available over-the-counter. Pyridoxine Vitamin B6 pyridoxine is a water-soluble vitamin. ...
Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Holding The Federal Rules of Evidence do not require that techniques relied upon in expert testimony have general professional acceptance or have been subjected to peer review for that testimony to be judged reliable and admissible at trial. ...
Daubert standard The Daubert Standard is a legal precedent set in 1993 by the Supreme Court of the United States regarding the admissibility of expert witnesses testimony during legal proceedings. ...
The History of Bendectin, from www.babyzone.com.
Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP) website, collection of original documents and commentary on the Daubert standard and the use of science in public policy.
Bendectin was used by a million or so women a year for many years.
Bendectin, as you might imagine, had been heavily, heavily studied by the FDA and many peer-review groups, because the FDA was extremely worried when these charges surfaced that they might have another thalidomide on their hands.
With Bendectin, the case before the Supreme Court today, at least if you believe the serious published literature on this, there is a reasonable case to be made that we are causing birth defects on a daily basis because we do not have Bendectin.
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