A disciplinary action was launched against three coaches from Didier Raoult's team

Hearing of Didier Raoult in the National Assembly on June 24, 2020.
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Three professors from the IHU in Marseille have been accused by the government of conducting unannounced clinical trials on patients with Covid-19.

The government has launched disciplinary proceedings against three trainers from Didier Raoult's group at the IHU in Marseille. CovidThursday January 25 indicated the Ministry of Research.

The ministry confirmed to AFP daily that regulatory jurisdiction for university hospital staff (JDHU) was taken over by Research Minister Sylvie Retailio and former Health Minister Aurelian Rousseau in mid-December. Provence.

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Targeted: Matthieu Million, head of the day hospitalization department at the IHU-MI (Institut Hospitalo-universitaire Méditerranée Infection), Philippe Parola, head of the acute infectious disease department, and infectious disease expert Philippe Brucki. In October 2023, they published a study co-authored by Didier Raoult “Clinical trials carried out outside the regulatory framework”According to the ministry.


Their article was published online in the journal “New Microbes and New Infections”Presents the results of an analysis of more than 30,000 patients treated in 2020 and 2021, and demonstrates the claimed benefits.Hydroxychloroquine In initial treatment for covid.

This treatment comes from “Inappropriate and dangerous prescriptions, the method of which is questionable and constitutes a new breach of ethical and professional rules”, indicates the ministry. The Agency for Medicines (ANSM) also took legal action after publishing the same unauthorized study. “It is necessary and obligatory to guarantee the safety of the patient”.

Widely discredited by his peers, Didier Raoult retired from his hospital duties in August 2021 and no longer heads the Marseille Institute. So the infectious disease specialist cannot be the subject of a referral, the ministry underlines. JDHU has several sanctions: warning, reprimand, reduction in dosage, automatic retirement, withdrawal.

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