Medicine: Capsules, Aug. 13, 1973

>Like Chemie Grünenthal, the German firm that developed thalidomide, Britain's giant Distillers Co. still denies that it was negligent in marketing the drug. But last week, after long legal battles, the company did accept responsibility for the children born deformed after their mothers took the drug, which was prescribed as a tranquilizer during pregnancy. With the approval of Britain's High Court, Distillers finally agreed to set aside $50 million to compensate 433 victims of the drug and their families. Under the settlement, $15 million will be distributed immediately and $35 million placed...

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