New Thalidomide compensation bid
Eight victims of the Thalidomide drug have filed papers at the High Court seeking compensation 50 years after they were born. All the claimants’ mothers took the anti-morning-sickness drug when pregnant in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Thalidomide was originally prescribed as a ‘wonder drug’ for morning sickness, headaches, coughs, insomnia and colds.
The eight are seeking compensation from the drug’s German maker Grünenthal, and Diageo, which now owns the drug’s UK distributor, Distillers Co (Biochemicals). Some of them were rejected by a scheme set up by distributor Distillers, which compensated 460 UK survivors in 1973.
Historically, some Thalidomide victims have been denied compensation because they were unable to prove their mothers took the drug, or their disabilities were ruled ineligible…
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