Doctors and pharmacists continued informing Grünenthal about side effects, also emphasizing the seriousness of those side effects in many cases. In the first five months of 1960 alone, Grünenthal was informed about cases of constipation (30 times), cases of headaches, dizziness, drowsiness (more than 40 times) and abnormalities on the skin (24 times).The owner of a pharmacy in Marl (a small town in North Rhine-Westphalia) even described Contergan as “devil’s work” (“Teufelszeug”, Jan. 14, 1960).
Source: Anklageschrift (indictment) from 1967, today archived at the National Archives of North Rhine-Westphalia in Duisburg, Germany (Rheinland Division, Gerichte Rep. 139, No. 1–396), pp. 83-84.