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  1. News Article
    A French court has fined one of the country’s biggest pharmaceutical firms €2.7m (£2.3m) after finding it guilty of deception and manslaughter over a pill linked to the deaths of up to 2,000 people. In one of the biggest medical scandals in France, the privately owned laboratory Servier was accused of covering up the potentially fatal side-effects of the widely prescribed drug Mediator. The former executive Jean-Philippe Seta was sentenced to a suspended jail sentence of four years. The French medicines agency, accused of failing to act quickly enough on warnings about the drug, was
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    Grundy et al. used Carol Bacchi’s problem-questioning approach to policy analysis to compare the Sunshine policies in three different jurisdictions, the United States, France and Australia. We found that transparency had emerged as a solution to several different problems including misuse of tax dollars, patient safety and public trust. Despite these differences in the origins of disclosure policies, all were underpinned by the questionable assumption that informed consumers could address conflicts of interest. The authors conclude that, while transparency reports have provided an unprecedente
  3. News Article
    Hospitals across Europe, including Britain, as well as the Middle East and Africa are scrambling to replace millions of pieces of equipment used to treat patients, as fears grow that they could cause infections after a company was discovered to have falsified sterilisation records for more than a decade. The Independent has learned the problem affects more than 230 different types of infusion lines, connectors and associated kit, along with six infusion pumps used to deliver medicine and fluids into patients’ veins. Medical devices company Becton Dickinson, or BD, has issued a recall
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    Veracuity was conceived out of a recognition that the practice of pharmacovigilance is performed suboptimally. That is because it relies entirely on a voluntary reporting system – one in which consumers and healthcare professionals must devote considerable energy if they were so inclined to notify somebody about a side effect they attribute to a bio-pharmaceutical product. Adverse event reporting is infrequent and cumbersome because stakeholders are only vaguely aware of their responsibility and the current system is neither easy nor fast to use. Nor does it provide reporters with any immediat
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