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 Key texts  around the Mediator° disaster from Prescrire International and english.prescrire.org

The independent French medical journal Prescrire began asking questions about Mediator° (benfluorex) in 1986, and was calling for its withdrawal 12 years before the French authorities finally took action. Here's a selection of key texts published in the English edition Prescrire International. (June 2020)


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Drug-induced heart valve disease: a blind spot for cardiologists
Prescrire Int 2020; 29 (216): 161-164.
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France’s Mediator° disaster: creating awareness around conflicts of interest
Prescrire Int 2020; 29 (214): 108-109.
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The Mediator° disaster: so much time wasted, so many lives destroyed
Prescrire Int 2019; 28 (210): 303-305
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Mediator°... now what?
Prescrire Int 2019; 28 (209): 255.
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Servier and French drug regulatory agency on trial
Prescrire Int 2019; 28 (209): 278-279.
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Benfluorex: adverse effects reviewed, 1976-2015
Prescrire Int 2017; 26 (179): 47  
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Benfluorex: left heart valve disease very common (continued)
Prescrire Int 2014; 23 (149): 128 
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Exposure to benfluorex: left heart valve disease very common
Prescrire Int 2013; 22 (140): 185
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Benfluorex and cardiac valve disease: long delay in publication
Prescrire Int 2013; 22 (135): 47
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Benfluorex: lesions on a bioprosthetic heart valve too
Prescrire Int 2012; 21 (131): 240-241.
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In the wake of the Mediator° scandal: some progress in France but apathy at the European level
Prescrire Int 2012; 21 (126): 110.
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The Mediator° scandal in France: key dates, key issues
Prescrire Int 2011; 20 (121): 280.
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Benfluorex: how many deaths?
Prescrire Int 2011; 20 (113): 45.
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Mediator° 150 mg - Sous-titre censuré
Prescrire Int 2011; 20 (112): 26.
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Benfluorex. EU marketing authorisation finally withdrawn
Prescrire Int 2010; 19 (109): 206.
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Benfluorex: yet more valve disorders
Prescrire Int 2010; 19 (107): 121. 
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Benfluorex: increasing reports of valve disorders
Prescrire Int 2010; 19 (105): 17.
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Benfluorex: negative data in France, but still on the market
Prescrire Int 2009; 18 (101): 124.
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Benfluorex: what use?
Prescrire Int 1998; 7 (34): 49-50.  
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Benfluorex tablets antidiabetic?
Prescrire Int 1997; 6 (30): 108-109. 
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Medicines policy in France after the benfluorex (Mediator°) scandal:  the proposed measures are positive but still need work, and especially need to be implemented
(June 2011)
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The Mediator° scandal in France: key dates, key issues
(November 2011)
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To prevent repeats of the Mediator° (benfluorex) disaster: attitudes need to change
(December 2011)
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France's Mediator° scandal: take the high road
(January 2011)
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Mediator°: a book that spells trouble for one drug company
(January 2011)
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Benfluorex (Mediator° or other brands): marketing authorisation withdrawn throughout the European Union
(July 2010)
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Benfluorex: the appetite-suppressant amphetamine is finally suspended from sale in France
(December 2009)
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Benfluorex: still on the market, despite numerous severe adverse effects
(November 2008)
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©Prescrire June 2020

See also:

Autour du procès Mediator° Dossier Prescrire 
Autour du procès Mediator°
(complete dossier in French, with free download
of original texts from La revue Prescrire)

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