The Servier laboratories were found guilty on Monday in Paris by the courts of “aggravated deception” and “unintentional homicides and injuries” in the Mediator scandal, a drug held responsible for hundreds of deaths.
“Despite the knowledge that they had incurred risks for many, many years, […] they never took the necessary measures and thus deceived ”the consumers of the Mediator, declared the president of the criminal court, Sylvie Daunis. The pharmaceutical group was, however, acquitted of the offense of “fraud”.
The ex-number 2 of the group, Jean-Philippe Seta was sentenced to 4 years in prison
The National Medicines Safety Agency condemned
Judged for having delayed in suspending the marketing of the drug, the National Drug Safety Agency (ANSM) was sentenced in Paris to a fine of 303,000 euros. The criminal court considered that the Agency had “failed in (its) role of health police and drug policeman” and imposed the maximum penalty of 225,000 euros for “homicides and involuntary injuries” by negligence, to which s ‘add fines of up to 78,000 euros.