The Thalidomide tragedy will always remain a part of our company’s history. We will never forget what happened, and we deeply regret the wide-ranging consequences for the people affected and their families. On this page, you will find information about Thalidomide and how Grünenthal currently provides support to Thalidomide-affected people.

Our responsibility:
How Grünenthal supports people affected by Thalidomide


As a company, we believe it is a matter of moral importance that we are actively involved in charitable efforts to improve the situation of Thalidomide-affected people on a sustainable basis. For this reason, we established the Grünenthal Foundation, which provides support in the form of non-cash benefits such as wheelchairs, hearing devices, modification of cars, etc. There is also a worldwide financial resource system through which affected people can receive support.
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The history of the Thalidomide tragedy


The Thalidomide tragedy continues to impact the lives of those affected and their families. Here, we take a look at the series of historical events that shaped the tragedy: from the fate of the “Thalidomide babies” through to the major lawsuit against nine senior executives from Grünenthal and the creation of the Contergan Foundation.
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The substance and its consequences


What is Thalidomide? How does it act in the body? How is it used today? We provide an overview of the science, its development, and new pharmacological uses of the drug by other companies.
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