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Mar 20, 2017

Pregnancy test's alleged link to birth defects to be reviewed by UK regulator

The UK drugs regulator is to examine new evidence about a pregnancy test used in the 1960s and 70s which hundreds of parents believe caused serious deformities in their children, often leading to early death.

A 7,000-page cache of files discovered by a victims’ campaign group includes papers suggesting the British government knew in 1975 that the hormonal drug Primodos increased the risk of a child being born with malformations. The drug was withdrawn in 1978.

Families have believed for decades that the drug might have been responsible for serious birth defects, including missing limbs, brain damage, heart defects and spina bifida, something that has been denied by Bayer, the German pharmaceutical company which owns the manufacturer, Schering.

  • abortion
  • sanctity of life
  • United Kingdom
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