As French big pharma firm gets away with a FINE for 2,000 deaths, who can blame vaccine refuseniks for their distrust? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

As French big pharma firm gets away with a FINE for 2,000 deaths, who can blame vaccine refuseniks for their distrust?

Although guilty of causing around 2,000 fatalities with a toxic diet drug, none of Servier’s bosses went to prison. It’s little wonder that Covid-19 vaccine sceptics believe that business, not safety, is big pharma’s main concern.
When everyone at the top of one of France’s big pharma giants avoids serving prison time, and the company faces a fine of just €2.7 million for producing a drug that led to the death of around 2,000 people over 33 years, you start to understand the mistrust at the heart of French Covid-19 vaccine refuseniks.

The drug at the centre of the scandal, Mediator, was produced by Servier for use by diabetics, but it ended up being prescribed as an appetite suppressant taken by more than five million people until its withdrawal from the market in 2009, a significant number of whom developed fatal heart problems as a result.

First alerted to the toxicity of the drug in the 1990s, Servier “never took the necessary measures,” said the president of the Paris Criminal Court, Sylvie Daunis, in her deliberation.

After a trial lasting 18 months, the company was found guilty of “homicide and unintentional injuries” on top of “aggravated deception” in another massive hit not just for Servier, but for a French pharma industry facing an existential crisis.

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