Thalidomide apology 'an insult'

Sep 01, 2012, 09:36 AM

The firm that produced the anti-morning sickness drug, thalidomide, has issued its first apology to people born with birth defects as a result of their mothers' use of the drug in the 1950s and 60s.

The head of Grunenthal expressed the company's "sincere regrets" and said its long silence on the issue was down to shock at what had happened.

Nick Dobrik, who was born with shortened arms and deformed hands because of thalidomide, told the today programme that the statement does not go far enough.

"We feel that a sincere and genuine apology is one which actually admits wrongdoing," he told presenter John Humphrys.

"The company has not done that and has really insulted the thalidomiders. And I think it's really important to understand that we have been fighting for justice for over 50 years and there's a lot of people who are victims of pharmaceutical companies, not just thalidomiders."

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