Grünenthal put “Contergan” and “Contergan forte” on the market. Unlike other countries, the sedative was available without prescription in German pharmacies. In the period that followed, Thalidomide was also sold in other countries under the names “Softenon”, “Softenil”, “Distaval”, “Neurosedin” and other names.
Later Grünenthal exported Thalidomide into 11 other European countries, 7 African countries, 17 Asian countries and 11 South American countries. On top of that Thalidomide was sold in many other countries under license.
Grünenthal sold a whole selection of preparations containing Thalidomide. The most famous one was sold in the form of pills and were called “Contergan” and “Contergan forte”. One “Contergan” pill contained 25 milligrams of Thalidomide, one “Contergan forte” pill contained 100 milligrams of Thalidomide. Thalidomide containing preparations were also sold in the form of syrup (50 milligrams per spoon), drops (5 milligram per drop) and suppositories (100 milligram each). Grünenthal also sold combination products containing Thalidomide among other substances, like Grippex, Algosediv, Enterosediv, Prednisediv, Noctosediv and Peracon-‐ Expectorans.
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. 56-57.