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6 acquitted in French trial over hormone deaths

6 acquitted in French trial over hormone deaths

A French court acquitted six people Wednesday over the deaths of at least 114 people who contracted a brain-destroying disease after being treated with tainted human growth hormones.
The verdict followed a 16-year investigation into the deaths from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD.
The Paris court acquitted the six doctors and pharmacists of manslaughter and other charges in the verdict Wednesday.
The case stemmed from a 20-year program that involved collecting hormones from the pituitary glands of human corpses to treat thousands of French children who suffered from a deficiency in the secretion of growth hormone.
The cases were not of the widely known "Mad Cow" variant of CJD.
The program ended in 1988.


Updated : 2021-04-19 13:54 GMT+08:00