UK families lose bid for compensation over Primodos pregnancy test drug

High court rules there is insufficient new evidence of causal link between hormone-based test and birth defects

An attempt by more than 100 UK families to seek compensation for birth defects they say were caused by the hormone-based pregnancy test Primodos has been struck out by the high court.

The families, who believe their babies suffered a range of congenital abnormalities due to the drug, were hoping to rekindle a civil case against the manufacturer after a previous attempt collapsed in 1982. However, Mrs Justice Yip ruled that there was insufficient new evidence to demonstrate a causal link between the tests, which were used until the 1970s, and congenital malformations, and that as a result the families did not have a realistic chance of succeeding in their claim.

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