Novartis AG's Japanese Unit in Trouble Again for Failing to Report Drug Side Effects on Time

Published: Nov 12, 2015

The health ministry will censure a Japanese unit of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG for failing to report serious side effects from some of its drugs within a certain period of time, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will serve Tokyo-based Novartis Pharma K.K. with a business improvement order, possibly as early as this month.

The case centers on side effects observed in around 5,500 patients, which should have been reported to the state within a few weeks of discovery.

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