Spain finally recognises thalidomide victims

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 10 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4335
  1. Miguel Jara
  1. 1Madrid

    Fifty two years after the first cases of congenital abnormality appeared in babies whose mothers had taken thalidomide in the 1960s, the Spanish government is ready to pay compensation to those affected.

    Of the total €1.6m (£1.3m; $2.1m) the government has made available, €30 000 each will be apportioned to those judged to have a mild degree of disability, €60 000 to those moderately affected, and €80 000 to those severely affected.

    But the exact number of people who are likely to receive compensation is not yet known, because those affected have until 30 September this year to …

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