A court has found French drug maker Servier guilty of “involuntary manslaughter” over a weight loss pill that has been blamed for hundreds of deaths, the case is one of the worst health scandals to hit France.
A court in Paris on Monday found pharmaceutical firm Servier guilty in a case involving its diabetes and weight loss medication Mediator.
The case against the drug maker involved thousands of plaintiffs and is one of the biggest health scandals to erupt in the country.
Servier was found guilty of “aggravated fraud” and “involuntary manslaughter” over the pill, which is blamed for hundreds of deaths.
The company’s former deputy boss, Jean-Philippe Seta, was handed a suspended prison sentence of four years.
Judges also fined the company €2.7 million ($3.2 over the scandal), while France’s medicines agency ANSM was also handed a fine of €303,000.
The massive trial involved 6,500 plaintiffs, who alleged that Servier permitted the drug to be prescribed as a weight loss medication.