TOKYO, June 12 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
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)