On the heels of a U.S. Senate report (.pdf) criticizing GlaxoSmithKline for health risks associated with its diabetes drug Avandia, Santa Clara County sued the drug maker in federal court on Friday.

The county wants the company to pay back money from all sales of Avandia in California since 1999, as well as pay restitution for medical treatment provided to Avandia users who suffered heart problems.

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