Diabetes Drug Prompts Law Suits, in France
According to a report from the French government published last month there are several lawsuits pending against the drug's maker, Servier Laboratories, and Jacques Servier, the company’s 88-year-old founder. The medication that has stirred up so much controversy and trouble is called mediator it is also being blamed for a least five hundred deaths.
Although, medical officials ruled that mediator was not a suitable diabetes medication the company continued to sell it. The medication mediator - primary use was to suppress the appetite making it more of a weight loss medication. Despite the all the deaths and the medical officials report the licensing agency, known as Afssaps, allowed it to be marketed as such for another 10 years. Although, similar drugs were withdrawn from the market in other countries mediator remained on the market. Mediator was finally removed from the market in 2009 but the damage had already been done an estimated 500 people had died as a result of using the medication.
“The approval process for new drugs will be strengthened. Finally, 76 drugs on a government watch list will be checked quickly to ensure that they're safe and effective.”