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Campaigners vow to fight on after report finds no link between hormone test and birth defects

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 17 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5352
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Campaigners have called for a judicial review after a UK government report found that hormone based pregnancy tests (HPTs) given to women in the 1960s and 1970s did not cause birth defects.

An expert working group of the Commission on Human Medicines, an advisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department of Health for England, found that after “an extensive review” of the evidence on the tests there was no “causal association between the use of HPTs . . . and birth defects or miscarriage.”1

Marie Lyon, chair of the Association for Children Damaged by Hormone Pregnancy Tests, …

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