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Devastating news for Northwick Park drug trial victims

The four drug trialists represented by Leigh Day & Co are coming to terms with the fact that it is highly likely that they will develop autoimmune diseases and possibly lymphatic cancers.

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31 July 2006

The four drug trialists represented by Leigh Day & Co are coming to terms with the most terrible news. They have been told that, following tests done by the immunologist, Professor Richard Powell, it is highly likely that they will develop autoimmune diseases and possibly lymphatic cancers.

One of the trialists has been told that he has definite early signs that a lymphoid malignancy is developing, another that there are the early signs of lupus (one of the classic auto immune diseases) present.

Martyn Day and Gene Matthews, the Leigh Day lawyers representing the trialists had a meeting with the four of them a few days ago to discuss these findings. Martyn Day said:
'In 25 years of practice it must have been the most difficult meeting with clients I have ever had. Although Professor Powell had met twice with the trialists to go through the position, our meeting was to discuss where they stood and what their futures might hold. The men are young and still have their lives before them. Talking through with them the prospects of their contracting such debilitating illnesses was pretty tough- although they are pretty stalwart characters and took the discussion very well.'

Worldwide interest

The story of the plight of the four men has spread round the world with it appearing over the last few days on the front pages of the Sunday Times in England, the International Herald Tribune and papers like the Hindi in India.

The claim by the four Leigh Day clients and the two clients represented by Ann Alexander from Irwin Mitchell is being made against Parexel, the administrators of the drug trials. The two law firms are clear that the six men have a strong case in law against Parexel and are looking for an early discussion with the American company to see if the claims can be resolved amicably to avoid putting the six men through more years of anxiety.

For further information please contact Martyn Day or Gene Matthews on 020 7650 1200.

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