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Servier Guilty Of ‘Involuntary Manslaughter’ in Mediator Safety Affair

French Regulator Fined For Delays In Product's Suspension

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The long-running Mediator saga reached a conclusion of sorts on 29 March when fines and sentences were handed out to those involved in delaying the withdrawal of a fenfluramine derivative that is thought to have caused many thousands of serious cardiac side-effects.

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