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Upjohn deliberately suppressed knowledge, says QC

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 29 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:292
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    The American pharmaceutical company Upjohn knew almost 20 years ago that its sleeping pill Halcion (triazolam) might not be safe but “deliberately suppressed” the knowledge, a QC claimed in the High Court last week. During the years of secrecy Halcion - now banned in Britain - became the world's best selling sleeping pill, with worldwide sales of £237m ($355.5m) in 1991, said Geoffrey Shaw QC. “In short, they got away with it.” Mr Shaw was making a preliminary speech outlining Professor Ian Oswald's defence to a libel claim by Upjohn, its British subsidiary, and its head of European Union affairs, Dr Roy …

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