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18 January 2011

Change after slimming pill scandal

France's health minister promised to accelerate safety checks on dozens of medicines after a damning report about a pill suspected of killing more than 500 people.

France's health minister promised to accelerate safety checks on dozens of medicines and shake up drug authorisation procedures after a damning report about a pill suspected of killing more than 500 people.

He said that agency, Afssaps, would be asked to accelerate checks on 76 other products that are on a watch list and report back within 15 days. Bertrand also announced steps to beef up the agency and drug-vetting procedures more generally.

 
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