Sanofi-Aventis continues to sleep walk as Ambien’s reputation takes a bashing

A new study being published by the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Clinic links the sleeping pill Ambien with middle-of-the-night visits to the fridge by people who ingest the pill. Some wake up with food in their mouths. Others find they have gained tremendous weight as a result of the bizarre side effect.

This latest revelation comes on the heels of last week’s nightmarish shocker that linked Ambien to automobile accidents caused by people who had taken the drug but had no recollection of having been in a car crash.

And, just like last week, Sanofi-Aventis, maker of Ambien, remains in la-la land when it comes to defending the drug’s odd side effects or suggesting proactive steps aimed at uncovering the pill’s problem. Instead, their lead spokesperson once again said the company "…has received reports of people eating while sleepwalking and those reports, like all reports of adverse events, have been provided to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."

I’m sure that statement satisfies the corporation’s legal team, but it does nothing to qualm consumer fears or demonstrate that the organization is a caring, compassionate corporate citizen.

If they continue to bungle their crisis management on the Ambien issue, Sanofi-Aventis may see the drug’s sales go night-night in the very near future.

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