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Ex-Novartis Pharma K.K. (NVS) Employee Arrested Over Drug Data


6/11/2014 7:56:45 AM

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Tokyo prosecutors arrested a former employee of Novartis Pharma K.K. on Wednesday on a charge of manipulating clinical study data leading to exaggerated claims in advertising for one of the firm's drugs. Nobuo Shirahashi, 63, is alleged to have manipulated cerebral stroke incidence and other data collected by a research team at the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine so that the team released a paper in favor of the Diovan blood pressure-lowering drug in 2011. The arrest came after the prosecutors raided the Japanese sales arm of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis earlier this year over its alleged use of clinical study reports for exaggerated advertising for the drug in violation of the pharmaceutical affairs law.

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