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05/30/2018 10:48 am ET Updated May 30, 2018

Ambien Maker Denounces Roseanne Barr For Blaming Racist Tweet On Insomnia Drug

"Racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication."

Racism is a bitter pill to swallow, and the manufacturer of Ambien isn’t taking Roseanne Barr’s excuses lying down.

After the sitcom star blamed the insomnia drug for a racist tweet she sent Tuesday, global pharmaceutical giant Sanofi fired back:

“People of all races, religions and nationalities work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world,” the company said in a tweet Wednesday. “While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”

For Roseanne’s sake, hopefully Sanofi also manufactures something for severe burn treatments.

All jokes aside, Sanofi’s statement conveniently avoids acknowledging that Ambien has been linked to all manner of problematic ― and often dangerous ― sleep behaviors, including sleep-driving, sleep-eating, and, yes, potentially even sleep-tweeting.

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