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The company which invented thalidomide has “insulted” those affected by the drug by issuing an “insincere” apology, campaigners have said.
The drug, sold in the 1950s as a cure for morning sickness, was linked to birth defects and withdrawn in 1961.
German-based Gruenenthal has issued its first apology in 50 years, but said the drug’s possible side-effects “could not be detected” before it was marketed.
But the UK’s Thalidomide Trust said any apology should also admit wrongdoing.
Nick Dobrik, a member of the trust’s national advisory council, said it “should be an unreserved apology, not a conditional apology”.