A landmark trial in France started in September as a result of deaths of hundreds of people due to the consumption of a weight loss pill for diabetic patients. This is believed to be one of France’s significant healthcare scandals wherein the firm, Servier – the manufacturing company, has been accused for manslaughter and negligence in a criminal court in Paris.
The medicine, Mediator, has been taken off the French market since 2009, wherein the lives of approximately 2,100 have been compromised as a result of its consumption. The medicine has been consumed and used by an estimated number of 5 million people since 1976. While the firm has denied all the charges, it seemed to may have caused irrevocable damage to as many as thousands of others. Many doctors’ research shows a clear pattern, after drawing conclusions from looking at medical records found across France, of the heart valve problems among the users of Mediator. One of the studies concluded that between 1976 and 2009 showed 500 deaths, while another one put the figure to 2,000. Nonetheless, Mediator has been among the 50 most-prescribed drugs in France, as slowly the drug was offered to the people who gained only a few pounds whereas the drug was meant to be prescribed only diabetics alone.
The trial is still on, however, and many are still waiting for the result.