Fight for public inquiry into pregnancy testing drug Primodos continues

Nicola Williams

Nicola Williams

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

A BOLTON MP will continue to fight for a public inquiry into a pregnancy testing drug which allegedly ruined a mum’s life.

Nicola Williams, of Little Lever, was born with life-threatening congenital health issues, which she claims were caused by the drug Primodos that her mother was prescribed while pregnant.

Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi met with the Department of Health and Health Minister Daniel Poulter MP to discuss the drug and said he was receptive to the case.

Ms Qureshi added: “Mr Poulter is a doctor himself and he listened very carefully to what I had to say. He was interested and said he would look into it properly. Whether a public inquiry goes ahead depends on what his civil servants advise him.”

The hormone drug produced by Schering, a German company later taken over by Bayer, was given to women in the UK by GPs in the 1960s and 1970s as a pregnancy test.

Miss Williams claims to have uncovered mounting evidence that the Government was warned about the dangers of pregnancy testing drugs as far back as 1967.

The 42-year-old and her daughter Shareace Williams, aged 21, spent three days finding letters written between clinicians and public documents at the National Archives in Kew, London last summer.

Her claims are disputed by pharmaceutical firm Bayer, which says there is no link between the drug and birth defects.

Ms Qureshi added: “In my opinion, there is no way that the Primodos drug should have been given to pregnant women. There have been medical studies to back this up.”

Miss Williams, a mum-of-three, said: “This public inquiry needs to go ahead. I have been looking for answers for years and I feel we all deserve the truth.”

Bayer denies that Primodos was responsible for causing any deformities in children.

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