Monday, May 14, 2012

Let the Mediator mess begin

French trial opens in diabetes-diet drug scandal

NANTERRE, France (AP) -- The first French trial has begun over a diabetes drug that was also used to lose weight and is suspected in the deaths of at least 500 people.

The pharmaceutical group Servier is suspected of "aggravated deception" for hiding the fact that the drug known as Mediator contained an amphetamine called benfluorex - which was taken off the market in 2009 after being found to thicken heart valves.

However, another investigation is underway and lawyers for Servier were arguing Monday against holding the current trial claiming that the laboratory could be judged twice on the same grounds.

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