Mediator: French weight-loss drug trial over ‘up to 2,000’ deaths begins

23 September 2019 – BBC News

A landmark French trial will decide whether a diabetes pill prescribed for weight loss was behind the deaths of up to 2,000 people. The firm is on trial for manslaughter and deceit.

The matter is believed to be one of France’s biggest healthcare scandals, with Servier denying the charges, saying it did not lie about the side effects.

French health experts think that the drug known as Mediator could have killed anywhere between 500 and 2,000 people before it was finally taken off the market in 2009.

The country’s state drug regulator, accused of not acting to prevent deaths and injuries, is also on trial.  The trial will involve more than 2,600 plaintiffs and 21 defendants and is expected to run over the course of six months.

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