Thalidomide: how men who blighted lives of thousands evaded justice

Documents raise fresh questions about thalidomide criminal trial

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Sir Harold Evans’ paper is about newly exposed files showing how victims were betrayed by political interference in trial – and how the pill has remained on sale .

The dark shadow of thalidomide is still with us. The original catastrophe maimed 20,000 babies and killed 80,000… …Now evidence has been uncovered that the pharmaceutical outrage was compounded by a judicial scandal that has suppurated all these years.

Documents recently unearthed by the UK’s Thalidomide Trust will surely stoke fresh controversy about how and why the criminal trial against the drug’s makers ended without a verdict in December 1970.

And more than half a century since the pill’s threat to an embryo was proven, the company that produced the first disaster has continued to sell the drug in parts of Latin America. ”