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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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