According to the New York Times, pharmaceutical company Novartis is facing a criminal investigation for alleged false claims made in connection to their best-selling drug Diovan.
Allegations of False Claims Regarding Diovan
Japan’s Health Ministry has called for a criminal investigation into Novartis, accusing the Swiss pharmaceutical giant of distributing pamphlets to health care professionals suggesting that their hypertension drug was also effective in preventing strokes and other heart conditions.
The study cited a number of other studies conducted at Japanese universities, but the universities announced last year that Novartis employees were involved in the trials and that all resulting data was suspect.
While Novartis has acknowledged the involvement of their employees in the studies, the company denies any knowledge of data being manipulated or mishandled.
What is Diovan?
Diovan is an angiotensis receptor blocker that was approved in2005 for the treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure. Since its release, Novartis has attempted to expand the drug’s uses, claiming it can treat stroke, diabetic nephropathy and can prolong life after heart attack.
Diovan Side Effects
Diovan has been linked to serious adverse events including:
- Cerebrovascular Accidents
- Renal Injury
- Renal Failure
- Cardiac Failure
- Cerebral Infraction
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