Ex-Novartis employee arrested in Japan for falsifying research data

Japanese prosecutors say Nobuo Shirahashi attempted to make the blood pressure drug Diovan look better compared to competitors

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis recently ran into legal trouble over collusion in Italy, but the company’s problems in its second-largest market could be even greater after Japanese authorities arrested a former employee on June 11.

Japanese prosecutors allege that Nobuo Shirahashi falsified research data while working for Novartis in 2010 and 2011, altering data connected to the blood pressure drug Diovan. Before his arrest, Shirahashi denied the charges to Japan's national broadcaster, NHK.

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