Levothyrox controversy: Lyon court wins payout for patients

A pack of Levothyrox tablets. Levothyrox controversy: A Lyon court has won a payout for more than 3,000 patients
The new Levothyrox formula has caused controversy since 2017, with patients in Lyon having just won a payment in court

The manufacturer of thyroid drug Levothyrox, which has been at the centre of controversy since 2017 after patients claimed a new formula did not work, has been ordered to pay €1,000 to more than 3,000 plaintiffs.

Pharmaceutical company Merck, which makes Levothyrox, was ordered to make the payments by the Court of Appeal in Lyon.

Lawyer for the patients, Christophe Lèguevaques, announced this week (June 25) that the court had recognised that Merck committed “an error” when changing its treatment, and had ordered the company to pay €1,000 to each of the plaintiffs - a bill amounting to more than €3 million for the US-based firm.

He said: “The court considers that there was a moral injury suffered by all parties."

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