Sunday, August 11, 2013

Novartis Hit by Scandal Over Japanese Drug Studies BY KANA INAGAKI

TOKYO—Swiss drug giant Novartis AG faces a mounting problem in Japan, its second-largest market, where researchers have retracted studies that touted the benefits of the company's most popular medicine.

Two university-led investigations into Novartis-related research discovered data had been altered to produce inaccurate results. Novartis denies involvement in the alleged research distortions, and stands by the efficacy of its blockbuster heart medicine Diovan.

At least eight Japanese hospitals have said they will stop prescribing the medication in the wake of the controversy.

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