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  • Posted: 01/28/2005
  • Reviewed: 09/01/2006

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Old Drug With a New Use

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Another interesting drug is thalidomide, a sedative used in the 1950s that was subsequently taken off the market because it caused birth defects when taken by pregnant women. Although this drug clearly would not be suitable for pregnant women, its ability to prevent endothelial cells from forming new blood vessels might make it useful in treating non-pregnant cancer patients.

Old Drug With a New Use