Consumer group calls for criminal probe of Crestor

08/4/2004 | MSNBC

Public Citizen said AstraZeneca should be investigated to determine if it illegally held up reporting possible side effects of its new cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor. The consumer group said cases of possibly life-threatening muscle breakdown and possible kidney damage should have been reported within 15 days instead of the quarterly reports made by the drug firm. AstraZeneca said it fully complied with FDA rules and the allegations were "irresponsible and inaccurate," while the FDA said it was not aware of any delays but would look into the allegations.

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