Novartis Pharma ex-employee not guilty over falsified data
Jiji -- Mar 17
Tokyo District Court on Thursday found Nobuo Shirahashi, 66, a former Novartis Pharma K.K. employee, not guilty of violating the Japanese pharmaceuticals law over falsified drug clinical data used in research articles.

The court recognized that Shirahashi falsified data in a clinical study of Diovan, a hypertension drug of Novartis, at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine.

But it ruled that Shirahashi's act did not constitute a breach of the law that bans extravagant advertisements, noting that such research papers are not ads. The Japanese unit of Swiss drug giant Novartis AG was also found not guilty.

The defendant was in charge of statistical analysis in the Diovan clinical study as a Novartis Pharma employee. He had been accused of providing doctors of the university with data that were falsified to show that Diovan is more effective than other drugs in the treatment of diseases such as stroke and angina.

News source: Jiji
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