National Aug 28, 2014

Asahi Shimbun refuses to run weekly's ad critical of the newspaper

The Asahi Shimbun has rejected carrying an advertisement by Shukan Bunshun because the ad includes a feature story criticizing the leading daily, the major weekly magazine said Wednesday. The weekly said on its website that Bungeishunju Ltd., its publisher, has sent a letter protesting the ...

National Feb 19, 2014

Tokyo prosecutors raid Novartis Pharma over drug ads

Tokyo prosecutors raided Novartis Pharma K.K. on Wednesday over its alleged use of exaggerated advertising for a blood pressure-lowering drug, following a criminal complaint filed by the health ministry last month. The ministry claimed that the ads for Diovan cited clinical study reports by two ...

Novartis drug data meddling clouds Japan's clinical studies

National Oct 3, 2013

Novartis drug data meddling clouds Japan's clinical studies

A health ministry panel is questioning Novartis Pharma K.K.'s use of clinical research data in promoting the sale of Diovan, its drug to lower blood pressure, saying it "could constitute misleading advertisement" after revelations that some of the data were manipulated. The Japanese unit of ...