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FDA Advisory Committee Documents for SEROQUEL XR Available on AstraZeneca Web Site
Date:4/3/2009

WILMINGTON, Del., April 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) is aware that earlier today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted to its web site -- and subsequently removed -- briefing documents for the April 8, 2009 Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee (PDAC) meeting. The PDAC meeting is scheduled to discuss the safety and efficacy data provided in supplemental new drug applications (sNDA) for SEROQUEL XR(R) (quetiapine fumarate) Extended-Release Tablets proposed for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

AstraZeneca understands that some people accessed these documents before they were removed from the FDA site. To ensure that all investors have access to the information contained in the previously released FDA briefing materials, the company has now posted these documents, along with the AstraZeneca briefing documents, to its web site.

A link can be found on the AstraZeneca homepage at www.astrazeneca.com

Important Safety Information for SEROQUEL XR

SEROQUEL XR is indicated for the treatment of acute depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder, acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder as monotherapy and as an adjunct to lithium or divalproex; maintenance treatment of bipolar I disorder as adjunct therapy to lithium or divalproex, and acute and maintenance treatment of schizophrenia. Patients should be periodically reassessed to determine the need for continued treatment and the appropriate dose.

Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with atypical antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk (1.6 to 1.7 times) of death, compared to placebo (4.5% vs. 2.6%, respectively). SER
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