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Sudbury Man Takes His Campaign To Europe

Local campaigner and victim of Thalidomide poisoning Rowland Bareham has received the backing of Suffolk MEP Alex Mayer in the European Parliament in Brussels.


Over fifty years after the Thalidomide tragedy, in which a German-made morning sickness medicine for pregnant women caused severe deformation in their babies, victims including Mr. Bareham are still fighting for fair compensation.


Thalidomide was marketed in the 1950’s and 1960’s as a safe way to treat morning sickness, headaches, colds, and as a sleeping aid.


Last month, Alex Mayer MEP voted in the European Parliament for action to secure compensation for Thalidomide survivors, and in her meeting with Mr Bareham, Ms. Mayer offered her support in calling for better access for survivors to the Special Health Fund in Germany.


Ms. Mayer said “Thalidomide has been one of the darkest moments in the history of the pharmaceutical industry showing the need for rigorous and careful testing of medicines to prevent tragedies like this.


“Fifty years on, survivors are still locked in a battle for the compensation that they deserve. It is vital that the people who live with the impact of Thalidomide poisoning day in and day out are able to find justice.”

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