The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 30, 2013
 

France suspends acne drug after contraception deaths

 
 

PARIS (AFP) - France on Wednesday suspended sales of an acne drug whose use as a birth control pill has been linked to the deaths of four women.

It is the latest health scare to erupt in France, coming after controversies involving later-generation contraceptive pills, breast implants and a pill used as a dietary aid that was linked to heart failure.

The National Agency for the Safety of Drugs and Health Products (ANSM) said it was suspending sales of a hormonal treatment called Diane-35 made by German firm Bayer.

The move will be phased in over three months to allow users to find an alternative drug, Dominique Maraninchi, the agency’s director, told a press conference.