French weight-loss pill scandal set for landmark trial

FILE PHOTO: French doctor Irene Frachon shows a box of Mediator to the media during the trial in the Mediator drug case at Nanterre courthouse near Paris May 14, 2012. Mediator, prescribed to diabetic and overweight patients, is believed to have killed 500 people over three decades in France and was banned here in November 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) – A landmark French trial will from next week seek to settle one of the country’s biggest pharmaceutical scandals, probing whether the company behind a weight-loss drug believed to have triggered killer side-effects covered up the risks. Privately-owned Servier, regulator Agence nationale de securite du medicament (ANSM) and 21 defendants will face more […]

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