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Call for Public Inquiry into Pregnancy Drug Primodos

By Head of Business and Specialised Litigation Services

Slater and Gordon Lawyers are supporting a call for a Public Inquiry into the pregnancy drug Primodos.

The revelation that the Government health watchdog knew a pregnancy drug could cause deformities to babies in the womb but failed to warn GPs of the dangers demands an investigation.

Earlier this week Yasmin Qureshi MP asked the Prime Minister in the House of Commons to launch a public inquiry to probe claims there was a five-year delay in informing doctors about the dangers of Primodos; a hormone pregnancy test common in the 1960s & 70s.

Initial concerns surfaced in 1970 but it was not until 1975 that GPs were properly warned and a notice was placed on packets.

Slater and Gordon Lawyers support the call for a public inquiry into how this dangerous drug continued to be handed out to women even though the authorities apparently knew about its terrifying side-effects.

After Prime Minister’s Questions more than 50 victims visited parliament to reiterate the calls for action. They deserve justice and they deserve to know the truth.

This case has haunting echoes of the Thalidomide drug scandal, and that fight goes on.

Slater and Gordon's Group Litigation Lawyers have issued legal proceedings on behalf of victims in the UK claiming Thalidomide compensation against the manufacturer and distributer of Thalidomide. Some of those people were rejected by a scheme to compensate them in the early 1970s.

Manufacturers Grunenthal and distributers Distillers have always claimed the Thalidomide disaster was an unavoidable tragedy and that they did everything expected of drug companies at the time. At Slater and Gordon our research has demonstrated that this is not the case.

Both companies knew that Thalidomide could cause severe nerve damage and both were warned of the possibility Thalidomide might cause severe malformations. Yet the drug was left on the market for many months afterwards.

It is time those responsible are finally held to account for the mistakes of the past. Grunenthal, in particular, has done little to make good the immense damage that it has done to people in the UK.

People affected by Primodos and Thalidomide deserve justice.

Fraser Whitehead is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

Slater and Gordon are dealing with Thalidomide claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. For a free consultation about claiming compensation for Thalidomide damage, or to discuss a potential claim regarding Primodos call Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9015 or contact us online.

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