The company was found guilty and fined 2.7m euros in a lawsuit over the slimming pill “Mediator”, produced by french pharmaceutical company Servier, which killed about 2,000 people due to side effects.
A lawsuit filed by French pharmaceutical company Servier over a slimming pill called “Mediator”, which caused the deaths of nearly 2,000 people due to side effects, has been settled. French media reported that the company was fined 2.7m euros after the court ruled on March 19th that the company had been found guilty of crimes such as “negligence, inadvertently causing death and causing disability.” “Despite knowing the risks for years, they never took the necessary measures,” the court’s judge, Sylvie Daunis, said in a statement.
Tried for 7 separate crimes
The company officials indicted were charged with seven counts, including “concealing side effects of the drug, negligence, inadvertently causing death and causing disability.” Twenty-three people were tried and more than 100 witnesses were heard in the case, which involved 2,684 individuals and institutions as involved parties. In France, 6,500 people, including health funds, had demanded €1 billion in compensation from the company.
Thousands of people have lost their lives
The banned drug was found to have side effects on a large number of patients in 2009, and a criminal investigation was launched against the company in 2010. The company’s owner, Jacques Servier, died in 2014. The drug Mediator, which withdrew from the market in 2009, remained on the market for more than 33 years.The first heart disease related to the drug used by 5 million people was reported in 1999. In 2000, it was announced that Mediator could cause serious heart conditions.