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Eight families receive settlement in thalidomide case

The Story

The federal government's position with regard to thalidomide was that the responsibility for the safety of the drug lay with the drug manufacturer, not the government. They believed that it was up to the manufacturer to provide appropriate information concerning the safety of the drugs they produced, in this case thalidomide, and to thereby guard against the harmful effects of a drug. In July 1968, the parents of eight thalidomide babies in Canada file lawsuits against the government as well as the manufacturer of thalidomide. The eight families receive an undisclosed yet relatively substantial settlement from the drug manufacturer, but nothing from the government. Allen Linden, the lawyer for the parents, explains the importance of this settlement and its implications.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: July 4, 1968
Guest: Allen Linden
Reporter: Gordon Ritchie
Duration: 0:39

Did You know?

• Structured settlements were introduced to Canada in 1968 through the cases filed against the manufacturer of thalidomide. Structured settlements allow claimants to receive payment for damages in more than one installment.




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