• Kyodo


The health ministry will order a business suspension of around 15 days for a Japanese unit of Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis AG for not reporting serious side effects of its drugs, sources close to the matter said on Monday.

Tokyo-based Novartis Pharma K.K. would be the first pharmaceutical company in Japan to receive such an order from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for breaching the duty of promptly reporting serious drug side effects, according to the sources.

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