Philippines DOJ to indict Sanofi employees over vax deaths

March 1, 2019

The Philippine Department of Justice said it will indict employees from Sanofi and former and current Philippine health officials over a series of deaths related to the French drugmaker's dengue vaccine.

In late 2017, Sanofi conceded that Dengvaxia could increase the risk of severe dengue in children who had never been exposed to the virus, triggering two congressional inquiries and a criminal investigation in the Philippines, where 800,000 school-age children had already been vaccinated.

According to the Justice Department, prosecutors found grounds to hold Sanofi officials criminally liable and charges of "reckless imprudence resulting to homicide" will be filed in court.

The department is charging six Sanofi employees and 14 current and former Philippine health officials.

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