Primodos: Firms and government face legal action over claims pregnancy drug ‘damaged babies’

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Primodos was a hormone-based pregnancy test, manufactured by Schering, now Bayer PLC, first made available for sale in the UK in 1956 and was withdrawn from sale in 1978.

The drug consisted of two pills, to be taken in two consecutive days, and detected pregnancy by inducing a period in a woman who was not pregnant. [1]However, many families believe that if the mother was pregnant, it damaged or even killed their children in the womb.

Marie Lyon, from the Association For Children Damaged by Hormone Pregnancy Tests, said: “My overwhelming feeling is relief that we finally have the opportunity to expose the truth about these drugs and the failures of the regulators.

“We are so grateful SPG Law has chosen to represent us but unbearably sad that many of our members are no longer alive to see justice finally served.”

Lisa Lunt, from SPG Law, represents the claimants. She said: “They placed Primodos on to the market without any prior toxicology testing. I find that astonishing considering that this was a pregnancy test given to women and it had no therapeutic benefit whatsoever.”

If you were born between 1956 and 1978, your mother took a hormone pregnancy test and you were born with birth defects or malformations, please contact our dedicated legal team.

[1] Sky News

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