Skip to comments.Resignation at EU drugs agency highlights ethics issues
Posted on 04/07/2012 11:15:35 PM PDT by Olog-hai
A top scientist within the EU agency authorizing new drugs resigned on Wednesday (4 April) after being fired from France's national regulator, itself embroiled in scandals over poisonous diabetes drugs and failing breast implants.
Eric Abadie, a French specialist in diabetes and heart-related diseases, had for the past five years been chaired a panel of experts giving scientific advice to the European Medicines Agency on authorizing the sale of new drugs on the EU market.
"I am not aware of any criminal charges made against Dr. Abadie," Martin Harvey, a spokesman for the London-based EU agency told this website, adding that his resignation was linked to the other job Abadie was holding as top scientific adviser of France's national medicines regulatory body.
The EU medicines agency already has come under fire for having turned a blind eye to close links to the pharmaceutical industry, with its former director resigning at the end of 2010 to go and work as a consultant for the drug industry only a few days later.
Last month, MEPs in the budgetary control committee refused to sign off the agency's accounts for 2010 over conflict of interest issues.
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