DRUGS: Tranquilizer Tension

Over the past nerve-rattling decade, millions of patients round the world have shooed the blues or relieved tension by swallowing Librium and Valium, the tranquilizers that are among the biggest-selling prescription drugs ever marketed. Every little capsule adds to the billions of dollars in sales and untold millions in profits reaped by their discoverer: Switzerland's secretive F. Hoffmann-La Roche & Co., which may well be the world's largest seller of drugs (estimated volume: $1.6 billion per year). That phenomenal success has now embroiled Roche in a worldwide dispute that has driven its...

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