Thursday, May 31, 2018
Pharmaceutical company, Sanofi, ducked a controversy with a proper response. Comedian Roseanne Barr blamed Ambien, a Sanofi medication, for the racist tweet she let fly at a former counselor to President Obama. Sanofi responded with a bit of snark, "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication." One can envision the writer of that phrase chuckling while he or she composed it. The statement is not an expression of outrage, merely a statement of fact. And, it is the fact that is so damning. One doesn't get the opportunity often to defend a product so well. Kudos to Sanofi for a proper response.