Little Lever mum will take pregnancy drug petition to Downing Street

The Bolton News: Nichola Williams Nichola Williams

A MUM who claims a pregnancy drug ruined her life is taking her campaign to Downing Street.

Nichola Williams and Bolton South East MP, Yasmin Qureshi, will hand over a petition containing more than 400 signatures calling for a public inquiry into the pregnancy testing drug.

Miss Williams, from Little Lever, was born with life-threatening congenital health issues, which she says were caused by Primodos prescribed to her mother in the seventies. Ms Qureshi has led the fight for a public inquiry and has formed an all-party parliamentary group to “bring justice” for alleged victims like Miss Williams.

Campaigners claim the drug caused deformities in children and serious long-term health problems for alleged victims — claims which the drugs company has always denied.

Ms Qureshi will present the petition on the floor of the commons today before handing it to number 10 with Miss Williams and 40 other victims tomorrow.

Ms Qureshi said: “This will be a significant moment in our campaign and I am hoping this will bring the suffering of the victims to the attention of the rest of the country.

“The Government needs to investigate what happened 40 years ago and bring some justice to the people whose lives have been affected by Primodos.”

Victims and 24 MPs in the all-party parliamentary group will hold a meeting once the petition has been handed over to discuss the grounds for an inquiry.

Miss Williams, aged 42, claims to have uncovered evidence that the Government was warned about the dangers of pregnancy testing drugs as far back as 1967.

The mum-of three was born with her stomach on the wrong side, seven spleens, a hole in her heart, spinal defects and in 2006 she developed a rare kidney cancer.

She has had to have numerous operations and lives in pain.

Miss Williams said: “It has been a long road to get to this point but I feel like tomorrow will be a positive step for people like myself.

“It feels like something is finally starting to happen after three years of trying to make the Government listen to the victims who have had their lives ruined by Primodos.”

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.

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

 

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12:08am Wed 18 Jun 14

ccjone says...

As a mum of three, given all the potential life threatening conditions caused by the drug, she appears to have overcome all the odds to have had three children!!! I would not have attempted one pregnancy, let alone three!!!
As a mum of three, given all the potential life threatening conditions caused by the drug, she appears to have overcome all the odds to have had three children!!! I would not have attempted one pregnancy, let alone three!!! ccjone
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8:14am Wed 18 Jun 14

oftbewildered2 says...

it is unfortunate that all drugs have side effects - some more serious than others. It is often not until many years later that the implications become apparent. (thalidomide for example). I had my children in the 60s and 70s - pregnancy was confirmed by the doctor by examination at two months. Luckily I did not need to take medication (other than folic acid and iron). If indeed Primidos is proven to have had these terrible effects, I wish this lady and others affected well in their campaign. I suppose the difficulty is that after all these years any records showing that this drug was prescribed may not be available - I do not know how long they are kept.
it is unfortunate that all drugs have side effects - some more serious than others. It is often not until many years later that the implications become apparent. (thalidomide for example). I had my children in the 60s and 70s - pregnancy was confirmed by the doctor by examination at two months. Luckily I did not need to take medication (other than folic acid and iron). If indeed Primidos is proven to have had these terrible effects, I wish this lady and others affected well in their campaign. I suppose the difficulty is that after all these years any records showing that this drug was prescribed may not be available - I do not know how long they are kept. oftbewildered2
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