A worksheet resource that could be used by either 14-16 or 16-18 year old biology students, this resource provides an 'active video' task on the history of thalidomide with a series of question prompts that students complete while watching the video clip. the video clip can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0QpnqjKGJo
The video clip provides an overview of the thalidomide tragedy and how the United States stood their ground in refusing a drug licence while the disaster played out across the rest of the world.
This is a good activity to set the scene for any topic on how drugs are developed and the importance of drug testing and clinical trials.
Key words: Thalidomide, disaster, focomelia, drugs, clinical trials, pharmaceutical, USA, regulations