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Consider the following scenario. A pharmaceutical giant spends millions developing and bringing to market a new antidepressant. It is popular among doctors and their patients. However, reports begin to emerge that for a few patients—particularly younger ones—the drug produces side-effects that include addiction, delusions and chronic mental illness.

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