Radio: did AstraZeneca suppress information about the side-effects of the anti-psychotic Seroquel?

File on 4, BBC Radio 4, Tuesday 26 January 8-8.40pm, repeated Sunday 31 January 5-5.40pm, available indefinitely via the iPlayer after broadcast or download the podcast.

From the BBC News website: “The marketing team sued over a drug’s alleged side effects tried to suppress key data, an ex-employee has claimed. Seroquel’s former UK medical adviser told the BBC he was pressured to approve promotional material which said weight gain was not an issue. Maker AstraZeneca, which faces fresh legal action next month, said it took concerns about its conduct seriously. In the same programme, the British Medical Journal editor urged that the medicine licensing system be reviewed. Dr Fiona Godlee said industry should no longer provide the evaluations of its own drugs which the licensing body considered.”

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