- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2008

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis is halting all research on a once-promising diet drug that never made it to the U.S. market.

The company says it is stopping all ongoing human testing of the drug, Accomplia, which until recently was sold in Europe.

Sanofi-Aventis says in a statement the decision is being made “in light of recent demands by certain national health authorities.”

Just two weeks ago, the company suspended sales of Accomplia in Europe. That was done because health authorities there said the drug’s risks outweighed its benefits.

Those risks include depression, anxiety and stress disorders.

In this country, the Food and Drug Administration rejected the drug, saying it increased risk of suicidal thoughts.

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