Australian distributor Distillers withdrew from sale, Distaval, Asmaval, Tensivale, Valgis, and Valgraine.
All (5) of these medications contained Thalidomide.
Whilst Distaval was most commonly associated with morning sickness and baby abnormalities, the other
medications were prescribed for symptoms of headache, toothache, hay fever, bronchitis, migraine,
fibrositis, asthma, neuralgia, arthritis.
The reality was, that any of these tablets (or syrup) could be given to an unsuspecting woman, her child be mutilated or murdered, and the connection between Thalidomide and Thalidomide babes, not be made.
Whilst Thalidomide (under the collection of trade names listed above) was withdrawn by Distillers, the
Australian Government did nothing to alert the public and/or search and destroy remaining stock.