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BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 20 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c348

UK gives £20m to thalidomide victims: The government has apologised to the current 466 UK victims of the drug thalidomide and confirmed that it is giving £20m (€23m; $33m) to support their health needs. The drug, which was given to expectant mothers from 1958, was withdrawn in 1961 after it was found to cause limb and other deformities. Many people affected by it cannot work and need adapted …

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