2.12.2013 Australian News - Thalidomide victims settle class action. A long battle for compensation ends with case against Diageo Scotland Ltd settled for £52 million Click here
20.11.2013 Spanish News Spain court tells German thalidomide producer to pay compensation to 22 victims click here
14.10.2013 Spanish News - Spain Court Hears Case Against German Manufacturer of Thalidomide Click here
1.8.2013 German News - New Contergan Trust Act (ContStifG), 30 million euros per year are available for Thalidomide affected persons with specific needs. click here
23.1.2013 Welsh Thalidomide survivors to receive £7.5m support Click here
20.12.2012 Northern Ireland Supports the Thalidomide Health Grant Click Here
20.12.2012 Scotland Supports the Thalidomide Health Grant Click here
The Scottish Government funding will help the 58 known thalidomide survivors in Scotland -
The money will be distributed on a needs bases through the Thalidomide Trust, based on their established assessment criteria.
Health Secretary Alex Neil said: The Scottish Government provided £3.4 million over three years from 2010 to help those affected by Thalidomide.
20.12.2012 The English Department of Health has confirmed to the
Thalidomide Trust that it will continue to fund our Health Grant. An announcement was made this
morning in the House of Commons following a press briefing at the Department of Health today.
The Government have committed themselves to pay around £7.3 million in 2013 (which represents an
increase of around 9.6% over the present grant). The second generation Health Grant will begin in 2013,
just as the current grant runs out and will be paid for the next 10 years, after which point there will be a
review. Furthermore, each year the grant will be increased in line with inflation.
The renewed grant represents a recognition of our increasing health needs and the rising costs of living
with thalidomide. None of this would have been achieved without everybody’s input and support and this
truly is a phenomenal result. Well done everyone.
Discussions are still continuing with the devolved departments, although we have just received the news that the Scottish Parliament have matched the English grant. We will bring you news from other regions
of the UK as soon as we receive it.Click here for the official statement
15.11.2012 Scottish news – Meeting with Alex Neil, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and the Thalidomide Trust Click here to read more
6.11.2012 English News - Meeting with Norman Lamb the Minister of State for Care Services and the Thalidomide Trust Click here to read more
13.11.2012 American News: six victims of thalidomide filed a complaint, Philadelphia's Court v GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi-Aventis, Grunenthal http://goo.gl/nRKbz
01.09.2012 Thalidomide survivors reject 'insincere' apology from Grunenthal drug company click here to see news clip
12.07.2012 Australian News: Good news from Australia for Thalidomide victim Lynette Rowe click here to read more
10.07.2012 Irish News : The Irish Thalidomide Association takes legal action. click here to read more
07.05.2012 BBC World News - Thalidomide victims plea for permanent health grant http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17984159#
06.05.2012 The Sunday Times - The Legacy of Thalidomide 50 years on click here to read more
21.04. 2012 The Labour peer and campaigner for disabled rights Lord Ashley of Stoke has died, aged 89. click here to read more
27.02.2011 FT.com article Andrew Jack in London Johnson & Johnson, the US healthcare company, faces the threat of a consumer boycott from campaigners who suffered birth defects 50 years ago caused by the morning sickness drug thalidomide. http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/J-J-faces-thalidomide-boycott-ftimes-3891389396.html?x=0
16.02.2011 The Stop the Tears campaign launched today with a new website and Facebook page. By reaching people online the campaign aims to highlight the responsibility of the pharmaceutical companies to compensate the thalidomide survivors. http://www.stoptears.org/
29.10.2010 Australian and New Zealand thalidomiders taking a class action against Chemie Grunenthal - Click here to read the full story
29 07 2010 Austrialian Thalidomide will share in a $50 million compensation payout Click here to read the full story
09.02.2010 BBC - £1.1m for thalidomide sufferers - click here to read the full story
05.02.2010 Canada Globe and Mail - " Cursed by 'miracle drug,' thalidomide victims wait for Canada's apology " Click here to read the full story
14.01.2010 Statement on support for Thalidomide survivors by Mr Mike O'Brien and following parliamentary response from parliamentlive click here to watch again
14.01.2010 BBC News - The Government apology to thalidomide survivors click on here to watch again
14.01.2010 BBC News - Thalidomide victims' joy at apology click on here to watch again
14.01.2010 Channel 4 News - Thalidomide victims given support click here to watch again