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Third-Party Probe Confirms Novartis AG (NVS) Staff Covered Up Evidence



4/2/2014 8:15:59 AM

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Novartis Pharma K.K. employees could have violated the privacy protection law by accessing patients’ responses to a questionnaire for a clinical study led by the University of Tokyo, an investigative committee said Wednesday. Some employees of the Japanese sales arm of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis collected and kept the responses, which should have been faxed directly to the university’s secretariat from hospitals, as the responding patients were told. In an interim report last month, University of Tokyo Hospital said that all questionnaire responses were transferred to the Novartis Pharma side and that the firm was partially involved in analyzing the response data.

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