UK regret over thalidomide
THE British government yesterday expressed its regret and sympathy for the victims of the 1960s thalidomide tragedy for the first time since the disaster first unfolded. It confirmed a £20m (€22.5m) support package, announced last month, to help meet the needs of survivors.
Pregnant women were prescribed the drug in the 1950s for morning sickness. It was withdrawn in 1961 after babies were born with limb deformities.