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German drug maker Gruenenthal appeals Spanish thalidomide ruling
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, December 20, 2013 12:12 PM EST
A German pharmaceutical company says it is appealing a Spanish court ruling ordering it to pay compensation to 22 Spaniards who blame their disabilities on the drug thalidomide.
Thalidomide was a sedative that some doctors prescribed between 1950 and 1960 for morning sickness. Thousands of babies whose mothers used it were born worldwide with abnormally short limbs and in some cases without arms, legs or hips.
Madrid's provincial court ordered Gruenenthal last month to pay compensation according to the severity of the disability as recognized by Spain's Health Ministry.