The whistleblowing doctor who took on French pharma giant over 'killer' drug

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One of France’s biggest-ever pharmaceutical scandals is the subject of a trial that opened in Paris on Monday and which is expected to last until the end of April. It centres on an amphetamine-derived drug called Mediator, which was produced by Servier, France’s second-largest pharmaceutical company, as a treatment for overweight type-2 diabetes patients, but which was also widely prescribed as an appetite suppressant for people who wanted to lose weight.