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UK regret over thalidomide

Published 15/01/2010 | 05:00

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.

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Pregnant women were prescribed the drug in the 1950s for morning sickness. It was withdrawn in 1961 after babies were born with limb deformities.

Irish Independent

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