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Tokyo prosecutors arrested a former employee of Novartis Pharma K.K. on Wednesday on a charge of manipulating clinical study data for one of the firm’s drugs, leading to exaggerated claims in advertising.

Nobuo Shirahashi, 63, allegedly manipulated figures for cerebral stroke incidence and other data collected by a research team at the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine. The falsified data led the team in 2011 to release a paper supporting the Diovan drug, which lowers blood pressure.

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