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“Despite the knowledge that they had the risks incurred for many, many years, (…) they never took the necessary measures and thus deceived” consumers of the Mediator, declared the president of the criminal court, Sylvie Daunis. The pharmaceutical group was, however, acquitted of the offense of “fraud”. Jean-Philippe Seta, the former number 2 of the pharmaceutical group and former right-hand man of the all-powerful Jacques Servier, who died in 2014, was sentenced to four years of suspended imprisonment.
The National Medicines Safety Agency (ANSM), judged for having delayed in suspending the marketing of the product to a fine of 303,000 euros.
The criminal court ruled that the Agency had “failed in (his) role of health police and drug policeman” and imposed on him the maximum penalty of 225,000 euros for “homicides and involuntary injuries” by negligence, to which are added fines for contravention of up to 78,000 euros.
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