GSK Hit With Thalidomide Birth Defect Suit

By Matt Fair (August 9, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT) -- A group of 11 plaintiffs sued GlaxoSmithKline PLC and other pharmaceutical companies in Pennsylvania court Thursday, alleging they suffered birth defects after their mothers took the morning sickness drug thalidomide in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Thalidomide — which was developed by German pharmaceutical company Gruenenthal GmbH, also named as a defendant — was never approved for distribution by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but the plaintiffs say predecessor companies of GSK and Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC distributed millions of doses of thalidomide to doctors for human trial.

While it's often been assumed that birth defects related to thalidomide were...

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