Jiji Press Tokyo prosecutors raided the headquarters of Novartis Pharma K.K. on Wednesday for allegedly using falsified clinical research data in its advertising for the Diovan hypertension drug, violating the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law.
The company, a unit of Swiss drug giant Novartis AG, is suspected of using falsified data by Jikei University and Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in advertising for the drug in 2011 and 2012. In the ads, the company claimed that Diovan was more effective than other drugs in preventing cerebral strokes and angina. The prosecutors also searched related places including Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine.
In January, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare filed a criminal complaint against the company with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office.