Upjohn Company of the UK, the
manufacturer of the once popular
sleeping pill Halcion, is trying hard
to get a ban on its drug revoked. In
a fresh move, the company is contemplating asking the Court of
Appeal to refer its case to the
European Court of Justice in
Luxembourg. It hopes to get a ruling which would urge the High
-Court in London to take into
account a European directive on
medicines to decide whether to
quash the ban or not.
The latest step adopted by the Upjohn company is another milestone in their lengthy campaign to re-introduce the drug Halcion to the British market. The drug was withdrawn in the year 1991 amidst widespread fears among consumers about possible side-effects such as depression, amnesia and personality changes.