Paris Court Punishes French Pharma Firm Servier for Selling Deadly Weight-Loss Pill

The drug-maker was found guilty of manslaughter, involuntary wounding and aggravated deception for permitting the drug to be prescribed and sold as a weight loss medication, despite the risks and its deadly consequences.s blamed for the deaths of hundreds of people.

The case against Servier Laboratories and the massive trial involved 6,500 plaintiffs, becoming one of the biggest modern health scandals to erupt in the country.

Servier was accused on deliberately ignoring the dangers of the drug and covering up the medication’s harmful effects on patients.

The French pharma firm denied the accusations and argued that it did not know about the dangers of the diet pill.

The drug-maker was found guilty of manslaughter, involuntary wounding and aggravated deception for permitting the drug to be prescribed and sold as a weight loss medication, despite the risks and its deadly consequences.

The court acquitted the firm of its fraud charges.

Judges then slapped a hefty fine of 2.7 million euros (nearly $3.2 million) and ordered the drug-maker to pay additional hundreds of millions in damages that will be divided among the plaintiffs.

Servier would pay nearly 159 million euros in damages for aggravated deception. It would also pay hefty penalties for the manslaughter and wounding charges.

The court also handed the drug-maker’s former deputy boss, Jean-Philippe Seta, a suspended prison sentence of four years.


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