The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been hit with a lawsuit alleging it failed to turn over documents regarding the use and distribution of the morning sickness drug thalidomide despite repeated requests by attorneys who have filed a birth injury lawsuitagainst the companies involved with the drug.
Law360 (subscription required) reports the FDA is being sued for allegedly violating the Freedom of Information Act by failing to fulfill requests for records pertaining to a case against GlaxoSmithKline PLC and other drug companies. The underlying birth injury lawsuit alleges GlaxoSmithKline and other defendants withheld evidence proving that the morning sickness drug caused birth defects. The complaint, filed on behalf of 13 people who were born with severe birth defects, also claims thalidomide was distributed to more than 20,000 people by Smith Kline & French (the predecessor GlaxoSmithKline) despite the fact that the drug never received FDA approval.
If you or a loved one have been affected by medical negligence during the birth of a child, you may want to speak to a birth injury attorney about filing a birth injury lawsuit.