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ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

France Bans Form of Halcion: France’s Health Ministry said it is banning sales of a higher-dose version of Halcion, the world’s best-selling sleeping pill. Upjohn Co., the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based manufacturer of Halcion, said it will appeal the decision. France is the second country to act against the drug in two months. In October, Britain ordered it off pharmacy shelves because of safety concerns. An ingredient in Halcion is said to produce such side effects as memory loss and depression.


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