The Doctor who blocked the distribution of Thalidomide in the US will be turning 100 next week.
"In 1960, Kelsey was hired by the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, DC. One of her first assignments was to review an application for the drug thalidomide. Even though it had already been approved in over 20 European and African countries, she withheld approval for the drug and requested further studies, despite pressure from thalidomide's manufacturer. As a junior officer, she almost single-handedly blocked the distribution of the drug and saved thousands of families from the trauma of birth defects."