GENEVA (Kyodo) The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations said Wednesday that Eisai Co. President Haruo Naito has assumed the presidency, becoming the first Japanese to head the Geneva-based industry body.

His predecessor, Fred Hassan, chairman and chief executive officer of Schering-Plough Corp., stepped down as his firm’s merger with Merck & Co. was completed before his two-year term as IFPMA chief expired.

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