Tokyo prosecutors raid Novartis Japan unit over clinical data probe

TOKYO, June 12 Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:17pm EDT

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TOKYO, June 12 (Reuters) - Tokyo prosecutors on Thursday raided the Japanese unit of Novartis AG on suspicion of manipulating data to promote the Swiss drugmaker's best-selling blood pressure drug Diovan, a local Novartis spokeswoman said.

The raid comes a day after prosecutors arrested a former employee at Novartis Pharma K.K., the unlisted Japanese subsidiary, in the same case of suspected violation of laws that prohibit exaggerated advertising.

The spokeswoman repeated the company's statement a day earlier that Novartis took the matter seriously and that it would continue to cooperate with the investigating authorities. (Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

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