Hormone scandal hits France

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 18 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:165
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    Thousands of doses of potentially contaminated growth hormone were distributed in France nine months after the warning that its administration to children could cause Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

    A judicial investigation has identified several former officials and the charges against them may be upgraded from involuntary homicide to poisoning.

    In France about 1500 children were treated with growth hormone between February 1984 and February 1986. The hormone was purified at the Pasteur Institute …

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