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Thalidomide #221137

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 14, 1972
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(Studio) 10 years ago 100's pregnant women in Britain took sedative thalidomide. As result had deformed children.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(London, England) Thalidomide children growing up. [Karl DAVIES - says would like to be painter.] Karl has no arms. [Father Roy DAVIES - says son's possibilities for jobs very limited.] Distillers is company that marketed thalidomide. Distillers has monopoly in manufacturer and export scotch and gin. No longer involved in drugs, and claims has no legal liability for thalidomide victims. Yet in 1968 settled out of court with 62 families for $36,000/child, and agreed to set up $8 million trust fund for other 370 families if all would drop charges. A few families refused, so none of children received anything. Recently London newspaper launched major series on thalidomide families. [Editor "Sunday Times" Harold EVANS - says settlement offered by Distillers not nearly enough.] Distillers took "Sunday Times" to court and got injunction preventing further stories. This heightened interest. Parliament establishes fund for disabled children, and Distillers raises offer to parents. [Member Parliament Jack ASHLEY - says public opinion will force Distillers to give thalidomide victims fair compensation.]

(Studio) Distiller's new offer is $27 million trust fund, but this still considered inadequate.

Cronkite, Walter

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