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Developing challenges of thalidomide

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Meg met with members of the Thalidomide Trust to hear about their new campaign for a government contribution to the Trust specifically to help people deal with the developing challenges of their disability. Many victims of thalidomide are now finding that their disability problems are worsening with age with most having been born between 1957 and 1962. This means that many are now unable to work after having been in employment and the costs of adapted vehicles and motorised wheelchairs are beyond their reach.

 

The Thalidomide Trust has secured further financial contributions from the successor company of the manufacturer but believes that government has a responsibility in this issue. There was a serious failure of the regulatory mechanism for drug approvals at the time, which meant that the drug was allowed to be sold. There are just over 450 surviving victims with varying degrees of disability.

 

For further details visit: http://www.thalidomide.org.uk/home.aspx

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Meg with Nick Dobrik and Guy Tweedy, members of the National Advisory Council of the Thalidomide Trust.

Meg with Nick Dobrik and Guy Tweedy, members of the National Advisory Council of the Thalidomide Trust.


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