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Pharmaceutical firms accused of falsifying data in major Alzheimer’s study

Japan’s health ministry said Friday it was probing claims falsified data was used in an Alzheimer’s disease study involving major pharmaceutical firms, a day after filing an unrelated criminal complaint against Swiss drugs giant Novartis. Health officials said they were questioning researchers after being told false data was used in…

Justice Department sues drug maker for paying doctors kickbacks

The US Justice Department on Friday accused drug maker Novartis of paying kickbacks to doctors to prescribe the company’s drugs over others. In the second US action against the Swiss firm this week, the Justice Department said Novartis had boosted sales of its expensive brand-name drugs with incentives for prescribing…

FDA staff question dosing for Novartis lung drug

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Regulators will ask outside experts if the higher of two proposed doses of a Novartis AG drug is needed to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, documents released on Friday said. A key question for outside advisers who meet next week is “whether the second higher dose of…

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