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France suspends acne drug used as contraceptive

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In the latest health scare to erupt in France, a drug watchdog on Wednesday announced it was suspending sales of an acne pill also used as a contraceptive after four women died and more than 100 others fell ill with blood clots. 

Pills of Diane 35, an acne drug often prescribed by doctors as a contraceptive, seen on January 28, 2013 in Lille, France. France suspended sales of the drug which has been linked to the deaths of four women.

The National Agency for the Safety of Drugs and Health Products (ANSM) said it was suspending sales of a hormonal treatment called Diane-35, which is prescribed to 315,000 women in France.

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