In 2013, following criminal complaints filed by the victims of contraceptive pills, the French Medicine Agency recognized for the first time that the hormones contained within the pills caused 2,500 health problems per year and twenty deaths. In the USA, 13,000 blood-clot victims filed a lawsuit against the Bayer laboratory.
How did it come to this? Why have the French health authorities taken more than 20 years to become aware of the problem?
An investigation into a health scandal that illustrates the power of pharmaceutical marketing and the weakness of health authorities.