Medicine Sanofi charged with manslaughter over birth defects linked to epilepsy drug

Medicine Sanofi charged with manslaughter over birth defects linked to epilepsy drug

Medicine Sanofi charged with manslaughter over birth defects linked to epilepsy drug

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Updated 7 hours ago ·
Published on 3 Aug 2020 6:29PM ·





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Pharmaceutical firm Sanofi says it has told authorities of the risks to its drug in 1983. – EPA pic, August 3, 2020.

FRENCH prosecutors have indicted pharma giant Sanofi for manslaughter over birth defects linked to an epilepsy drug, the company said today, in a long-running case that has also seen it charged with fraud.

The charges relate to the drug valproate, marketed as Depakine among other trade names, which studies say has caused disabilities in about 15,000-30,000 children whose mothers took the medicine while pregnant.


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