Ambien manufacturer responds to Roseanne: 'Racism is not a known side effect'

The manufacturer of Ambien issued a statement on Wednesday dismissing actress Roseanne Barr’s suggestion that the sleep aid was to blame for her racist and anti-Semitic tweets that led to the cancelation of her rebooted sitcom.

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

The Bridgewater, N.J.-based company employs more than 14,000 people and manufactures dozens of prescription and over-the-counter medications, including Ambien.

ABC Entertainment canceled “Roseanne” on Tuesday after Barr published a now-deleted tweet that included with a racist slur against former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. Barr referred to Jarrett, who is African-American, as the offspring of the “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.” In another tweet, Barr called billionaire Democratic donor and a Holocaust survivor George Soros “a Nazi” who “turned in his fellow [to] be murdered in concentration camps [and] stole their wealth.”

Discredited conspiracy theories portraying Soros — who is Jewish and was 9 years old when World War II began — as a Nazi collaborator have become right-wing internet staples. A spokesman for Soros said Barr’s “false allegations are insulting to the victims of the Holocaust” and “an affront to Mr. Soros & his family, who against the odds managed to survive.”

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ROSEANNE - 'Go Cubs' - The Conners can't pay their Wi-Fi bill, so they befriend their new neighbors to use the internet for Mary to Skype with mom Geena, who is stationed in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Dan loses an important job and D.J. admits post-military life has been hard, so they come up with a plan to make extra money, on the seventh episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, MAY 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN GOODMAN, MICHAEL FISHMAN
ROSEANNE - 'Netflix & Pill' - After celebrating their 45th anniversary, Roseanne reveals to Dan a bigger problem with her bad knee. Meanwhile, Crystal announces her retirement as a waitress at the casino, and Becky and Darlene compete for the job which has full-time benefits, on the eighth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, MAY 15 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR
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ROSEANNE - 'Roseanne Gets the Chair' - Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old, on the second episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN, LAURIE METCALF, EMMA KENNEY, SARA GILBERT
ROSEANNE - 'Roseanne Gets the Chair' - Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old, on the second episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) SARA GILBERT, JOHN GOODMAN, LAURIE METCALF, ROSEANNE BARR
ROSEANNE - 'Roseanne Gets the Chair' - Roseanne's clash with Darlene over how she's raising her kids - especially Harris - reaches a breaking point; while Dan tries to help Roseanne with her bad knee by getting her an elevator chair, which she refuses to use because she doesn't want to admit getting old, on the second episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR
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ROSEANNE - 'Eggs Over, Not Easy' - A crucial moment for Becky's surrogacy arrangement forces her and Darlene to critically assess each other's lives. Meanwhile, an animal rescue organization rejects Jackie's application to adopt a puppy; and Roseanne makes a plan to change their mind, on the fourth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) LECY GORANSON, LAURIE METCALF
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ROSEANNE - 'Eggs Over, Not Easy' - A crucial moment for Becky's surrogacy arrangement forces her and Darlene to critically assess each other's lives. Meanwhile, an animal rescue organization rejects Jackie's application to adopt a puppy; and Roseanne makes a plan to change their mind, on the fourth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) LECY GORANSON
ROSEANNE - Iconic comedy series Roseanne returns to The ABC Television Network on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, with nine new episodes featuring the complete original cast - Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. New cast joining the one-of-a-kind Conner family includes Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. With fresh stories that tackle todays issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that havent missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of Americas favorite working-class family. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN
ROSEANNE - Iconic comedy series Roseanne returns to The ABC Television Network on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, with nine new episodes featuring the complete original cast - Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. New cast joining the one-of-a-kind Conner family includes Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. With fresh stories that tackle todays issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that havent missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of Americas favorite working-class family. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN
ROSEANNE - Iconic comedy series Roseanne returns to The ABC Television Network on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, with nine new episodes featuring the complete original cast - Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role. New cast joining the one-of-a-kind Conner family includes Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy and Jayden Rey as Mary Conner. With fresh stories that tackle todays issues and even more laughs from a brilliant cast and crew that havent missed a beat, audiences old and new will celebrate the homecoming of Americas favorite working-class family. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) SARA GILBERT, LAURIE METCALF, ROSEANNE BARR
ROSEANNE - 'No Country for Old Women' - After Beverly gets kicked out of the nursing home, Roseanne and Jackie fight over who will take care of their mother. Meanwhile, Mark's creative touch with building a birdhouse for Dan's customer is more than Dan can handle, but Darlene defends her son, on the sixth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Greg Gayne/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN GOODMAN, LAURIE METCALF, ROSEANNE BARR
ROSEANNE - 'Darlene v. David' - David unexpectedly shows up for Harris' birthday after being absent for years, forcing Darlene to re-examine their relationship and the rest of the family. Meanwhile, Roseanne and Jackie's mother, Bev, temporarily moves into the Conner home after an incident at the nursing home prevents her from returning, on the fifth episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, APRIL 17 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Greg Gayne/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, ESTELLE PARSONS
ROSEANNE - 'Go Cubs' - The Conners can't pay their Wi-Fi bill, so they befriend their new neighbors to use the internet for Mary to Skype with mom Geena, who is stationed in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Dan loses an important job and D.J. admits post-military life has been hard, so they come up with a plan to make extra money, on the seventh episode of the revival of 'Roseanne,' TUESDAY, MAY 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Adam Rose/ABC via Getty Images) ROSEANNE BARR, JOHN GOODMAN
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In a barrage of tweets hours after the show was canceled, Barr seemed to blame Ambien for her behavior.

“It was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible,” she wrote. “I made a mistake I wish I hadn’t but…don’t defend it please.”

She added: “Not giving excuses for what I did (tweeted) but I’ve done weird stuff while on ambien-cracked eggs on the wall at 2am etc.”

The tweets were subsequently deleted, and Barr disputed the notion she was blaming the drug for her racist and anti-Semitic tweets.

“Yes, I have had odd ambien experiences on tweeting late at night-like many other ppl do,” she wrote. “I BLAME MYSELF OK? it’s just an explanation not an excuse.”

According to the warnings on its prescription label, Ambien “may cause serious side effects,” including “getting out of bed while not being fully awake, abnormal thoughts and behavior, confusion, agitation, hallucinations, worsening of depression, and suicidal thoughts or actions.” The most common side effects listed are drowsiness, dizziness and diarrhea.

— With David Knowles contributing reporting

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