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Hagens Berman: Patients Seek to Force FDA to Release Records Showing US Distribution of Thalidomide
Date:11/17/2011

Kline, Grunenthal GMBH and Avantor Performance materials on behalf of alleged U.S. victims.

Hagens Berman's lawsuit claims that new medical advances have changed scientists understanding of how thalidomide interacts with the body. Previously, the drug was believed to operate through a neural mechanism, causing only bilateral injuries. New cancer research demonstrates that the drug may primarily impact the vascular system, allowing it to cause unilateral defects.

Hagens Berman is representing several alleged thalidomide victims with such injuries who were previously unaware that thalidomide could have been the cause.

"We think there may be hundreds of people across the United States who have serious birth defects but were told that thalidomide could not be the cause," said Berman. "Many may have suffered for years believing they were victims of poor luck, when in fact thalidomide caused their injuries."

"I would think the FDA would be driving the effort to inform, rather than block the efforts of thalidomide victims to find the truth," Berman added.

More information about Hagens Berman's cases on behalf of alleged thalidomide victims can be found at www.hbsslaw.com/thalidomide.

About Hagens Berman

Seattle-based Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP represents workers, whistleblowers, investors and consumers in complex litigation. The firm has offices in Boston, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Founded in 1993, HBSS continues to successfully fight for investor rights in large, complex litigation. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com. Visit the firm's class-action law blog at www.classactionlawtoday.com.

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