Novartis employees may have violated trial protocol in Japan

January 17, 2014 8:20 PM

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Novartis employees may have violated trial protocol in Japan

(Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis said on Friday it was looking into a report that employees of is Japanese unit may have violated clinical trial protocol by handling data from a small independent study of one of its cancer drugs.

Employees of Novartis Pharma K.K. (NPKK) transferred some data from research centres to a Tokyo hospital when that data should have been sent directly without first passing through Novartis hands, according to a report by Japanese broadcaster NHK that was picked up by the Wall Street Journal.

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