- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 17, 2012

SYDNEY (AP) - An Australian woman leading a class-action lawsuit against the creators and distributors of an anti-morning sickness drug she says caused her birth defects has reached a multimillion dollar settlement with the drug’s distributor.

Lynette Rowe was born without arms or legs after her mother took the drug thalidomide while pregnant. Thalidomide was given to pregnant women in the 1950s and 1960s as a treatment for morning sickness. It was yanked from the market in 1961 after it was linked to birth defects.

In Victoria state Supreme Court on Wednesday, Rowe’s lawyer, Peter Gordon, said his client had reached a settlement with the drug’s UK distributor, Diageo. Gordon says the settlement amounted to several million dollars.

Rowe’s lawsuit against German drugmaker Grunenthal is still pending.



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