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Road to recovery

— Paris


Big-name French pharma was conspicuously absent at this year’s annual Pharmagora fair. But far from fading into obscurity, the Paris show has been looking to Francophone African markets and the lucrative bio-organic sector.

Africa, Pharmaceutical, Pharmacy, bio-organic, Sector

Pharmagora! The title of Europe’s leading pharmaceutical trade show has the ring of a macabre Stephen King splatter novel. OK, we added the exclamation mark, but there really was a dose of horror on visitors’ minds at this year’s edition of the event.

In France, the industry has been rocked by a prescription drug scandal involving Mediator, an anti-diabetic drug made by Servier, France’s second largest pharmaceutical company, which is thought to have cost the lives of hundreds – even thousands – of patients (see box). In the cavernous Porte de…


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