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The Thalidomide Scandal: A Long Road to Justice

August 10th, 2015

Episode 833 of 903 episodes

Thalidomide was an over-the-counter ‘wonder drug’, marketed to pregnant women in the 1950s and 1960s to treat morning sickness and anxiety. Lyn Rowe was born in Melbourne in 1962 with no arms and no legs after her mother took the drug during her pregnancy. In 2011, aged 49, Rowe finally won a multimillion-dollar settlement from the Australian distributor of thalidomide. It’s estimated that as many as 10,000 babies worldwide may have been born with deformities because their mothers had taken the drug. Former journalist and Lyn Rowe’s lawyer, Michael Magazanik, has writtenSilent Shock– a book that unpacks the incredible story of the Rowe family’s struggle against the drug companies who have sought to evade responsibility. Join Magazanik in conversation with Jill Singer for a discussion of justice delayed – and almost denied.

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