A Digital Journal article dated September 28 informed some online readers that last week, United States District Judge Paul Diamond rejected the argument of several pharmaceutical companies that the statute of limitations has passed in lawsuits brought by alleged thalidomide victims in the U.S.
The article states that according to Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, dozens of alleged thalidomide victims in the U.S. claim that their mothers were given the birth defect-causing drug while pregnant in the late 1950s and early 1960s, causing serious injuries. These injuries include missing limbs and deformed organs. Attorneys at the Seattle-based Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP are representing the alleged victims who also claim that until recently, they had no idea that their injuries could have been caused by thalidomide. New scientific and historical evidence suggest that thalidomide could have caused their injuries.
The suits allege that Grunenthal GMBH, the German drug company who invented thalidomide cooperated with American pharmaceutical companies Smith, Kline and French, now GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK), and Merrell Richardson, now Sanofi-Aventis (NYSE: SNY) and hid evidence of thalidomide distribution in the U.S. in the late 1950s. The suits also allege that the pharmaceutical companies lied to Congress and created a false historical narrative that the drug was blocked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
More than 50 cases will now be filed to move forward toward discovery, and ultimately trial as a result of Judge Diamond's decision.
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