Thalidomide Agency UK
Thalidomide Agency UK offers a service free consultant with no
consultancies fees. Our consultants have one thing in common,
they were all born with disabilities caused by the same reason;
their expectant mothers had taken the drug Thalidomide at some
stage during their pregnancy. Consultants were all born between
the years 1959-1962. Our consultants are all highly educated
people and extremely professional, with varied careers ranging
from Solicitors, Accountants, Doctors, Occupational Therapists
and Social workers. Our Head Consultant Freddie Astbury has
plenty of years of experience in dealing with medicines
regulatory. He has also dealt with pharmacists in hospitals
(government and private) in the UK and Spain.
with the use of the drug Thalidomide today and other Teratogenic
medicines. We are contact with the EMA (the European Medicines
Agency) and other government’s individual European Medicines
We are not
involved with any active campaigns has we are Consultancy Agency
however we will have an opinion to make sure that no other
babies are born, due to the misuse of these medicines.
find the appropriate consultant to deal with all specific issues
arising based around usage of Thalidomide drug and Teratogenic
medicines, which are known to cause birth defects if taken
prepared mediate between organisations/companies that are
interested in helping with the health and welfare of Thalidomide
survivors. Our Head Consultant Freddie Astbury has had 19 years
of experience in mediating financial settlements for thalidomide
survivors with the likes of Diageo/Guinness. He has studied the
health and welfare of the needs of the survivors throughout the
years. However they will only agree to be involved on the
understanding that all parties that Thalidomide UK agency acts
as mediators, so an amicable solution can be found which would
be agreed by all those concerned. We are totally independent and
will treat all parties equally and with respect.
Astbury has worked with news corporations such as BBC News, ITN,
Sky News and has appeared on other News channels around the
world such as TVE (Spain), CNN, NBC (US), SAT1 (Germany) and Zee
TV (Asia) in reference to Thalidomide issues. He was also an
adviser for the short time to the morning TV programme BBC (UK)
Ann and Nick in relations to medicines and disabilities.
communicate with other Thalidomide organisations, European
governments etc if & when required.
UK still offers information in reference to the history of
Thalidomide and past campaigns on this website under the link
bar (Thalidomide UK), however it cannot be contactable as it is
solely an information area of the website. We cannot give any
advice if you have been affected by Thalidomide and where born
between 1959/62, however they are details on the website who you
can contact in reference to this issue.
freddie astbury (PRESIDENT)
Diageo - was the new owners of Distillers who marketed the drug
between 1959/62. Thalidomide victims had never received adequate
compensation from drug manufactures distillers. We felt that
Diageo had a moral obligation to thalidomide people, because
money was needed to help with our future.
Government Unfair Tax – thalidomide survivors have to pay a high
rate of tax when they receive income payments from their trust
fund (The Thalidomide Trust).
History of Thalidomide key notes:
The drug thalidomide was introduced to the UK in 1958 under its
brand name Distaval.
The drug was mainly given to pregnant women for morning
sickness. However, it was used to treat mild depression, because
of it being a mild sedative.
On 27 November 1961 Thalidomide was voluntary withdrawn in the
UK from the British manufacture Distillers Biochemical LTD.
The first British thalidomide victim was born in January 1959.
There are currently 455 thalidomide survivors in the UK.
The victim's disabilities range from missing limbs and internal
In the 70s, the Sunday Times lead a campaign for justice for the
it is estimated
around 40% of thalidomide victims died before their first
The Thalidomide Trust was established on the 10th of August
1973, to providing support to those people who had disabilities
caused because their mothers had taken the drug thalidomide