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During 1938–1971, physicians in the United States prescribed diethylstilbestrol (DES) to pregnant women to prevent miscarriages...

During 1938–1971, physicians in the United States prescribed diethylstilbestrol (DES) to pregnant women to prevent miscarriages and avoid other pregnancy problems. At the time, physicians thought DES was safe and would prevent miscarriages and pre-term births. DES continued to be prescribed until 1971 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Bulletin advising physicians to stop prescribing DES to pregnant women. The FDA warning was based on a study published in 1971 that identified DES as a cause of a rare vaginal cancer in girls and young women who had been exposed to DES before birth (in the womb). Researchers have been studying the effects of DES exposure for more than 30 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed CDC's DES Update so the public and healthcare providers have the latest, most comprehensive, and accurate information about DES.

Questions: Could a public health disaster such as Diethylstilbestrol (DES) occur again? Please elaborate, Do we believe there is enough, too much, or not enough regulations for drugs? Please elaborate.

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