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Thalidomide survivors receive government apology

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The government has expressed its "sincere regret" and "deep sympathy" to the victims of the thalidomide scandal.

Pregnant women were prescribed the drug in the 1950s and 1960s as a treatment for morning sickness or insomnia.

It was withdrawn from sale in 1961 after babies were born with limb deformities and other damage.

Jane Hughes reports.

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