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Thalidomide victims win review of compensation

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 19 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:739
  1. B Christie

    A review is to be conducted in Britain into the needs of victims of the thalidomide tragedy after a campaign to secure better compensation. Three people who were born severely deformed after their mothers took the drug in the early 1960s have staged hunger strikes recently, claiming that they have been forced into financial hardship. They say that the compensation arrangements worked out in 1973 with Distillers Co, the company that marketed the drug in Britain, have failed to provide for their long term needs.

    The three people, all members of the Thalidomide Action Group based in Liverpool, are angry that the …

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