THE Euro MP for Burton has called on a company which created toxic medicine for pregnant mother suffering from morning sickness to compensate its victims.
The German company Grunenthal manufactured Thalidomide in the 1950s and 60s.
At the time, scientists thought the drug could not harm the foetus.
However, it is now known that the drug caused the deaths of tens of thousands of babies worldwide with many more being born with birth defects.
Now, the West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire has written to Grunenthal’s chief executive asking for compensation to be paid to those affected by the medicine.
She said: “Thalidomide survivors in the UK have been fighting for their compensation for nearly half a century and this simply isn’t right’.
‘Survivors have fought tremendously with dignity but this is a battle they should no longer have to fight”.
Grunenthal made a public apology in 2012 and the drug has not been used in the UK for about 50 years.
There are about 467 thalidomide survivors in the UK and about 6,000 worldwide.
Mrs Sinclaire added that many of them now are now in their fifties with many suffer from conditions related to the medicine.
“Their health is deteriorating faster than other people of their age group,” the MEP added.