Entertainment News May 23, 2014

Aska admits to using illegal stimulants

Singer-songwriter Aska, half of the well-known musical duo Chage and Aska, has admitted using illegal stimulants, investigative sources said Friday, almost a week after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing the drugs. Aska, 56, could receive a fresh arrest warrant over the drugs as ...

New COO pledges to take Takeda to the top

Business / Corporate Apr 2, 2014

New COO pledges to take Takeda to the top

Christophe Weber, the new chief operating officer of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., said Wednesday he aims to make the company the world's leading drugmaker by drawing on his more than two decades of business experience at GlaxoSmithKline. He said his ambition for Takeda is "being a ...

National Feb 27, 2014

Stroke prevention drug found to slow mild dementia

Researchers have found that a drug used in the prevention of strokes, cilostazol, is effective in slowing the progression of mild dementia, according to a study published Thursday in the U.S. online science journal Plos One. The team including Masafumi Ihara, chief physician at the ...

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 ...

National / Science & Health Jan 23, 2013

Oral drug better for cancer patients

Seventy percent of pancreatic cancer patients who orally take the cancer drug S-1 survive two years after surgery, compared with 53 percent of those who receive the intravenous drug gemcitabine, a medical research group said Wednesday. The group, led by Katsuhiko Uesaka at Shizuoka Cancer ...