Thalidomide victims seek new payouts

Thalidomide pills are shown in this undated photo Credit: Reuters

Thalidomide victims have mounted a new bid for compensation from the drug's manufacturer and distributor more than 50 years after they were born deformed.

Papers have been filed at the High Court on behalf of eight people whose mothers took the anti-morning sickness drug when pregnant in the late 1950s and early 1960s, law firm Slater & Gordon said.

They are seeking compensation from the drug's German maker Grunenthal and Diageo, which now owns the drug's UK distributor, Distillers Co (Biochemicals).