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Patients sue drug company AstraZeneca

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British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is facing thousands of legal cases in the United States over claims it failed to adequately warn patients about possible side effects associated with one of its biggest selling drugs to treat mental illness, Seroquel.

The legal action has raised questions about the way drug companies operate. Ann Alexander, reporter on Radio 4's File on 4 explains the law-suit.

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