Trial begins into victims of CJD growth hormone

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 27 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1057

The families of eight young people who died from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) after being injected with human growth hormone as children began a test case against the Department of Health and the Medical Research Council in the High Court in London last week.

The eight victims were among 17 people aged between 20 and 34 who developed the disease after treatment with human growth hormone between 1959 and 1985. Sixteen have died and the seventeenth is dying.

The families are seeking a ruling that the Medical Research Council, which …

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