AUTH/3757/3/23 - Complainant v Otsuka

Allegations about Otsuka’s submission in relation to a previous case

  • Received
    31 March 2023
  • Case number
  • Applicable Code year
  • Completed
    15 April 2024
  • No breach Clause(s)
  • Breach Clause(s)
  • Sanctions applied
    Undertaking received
  • Additional sanctions
  • Appeal
    No appeal

Case Summary

A complaint was received in 2023 in relation to Otsuka’s submission to the PMCPA in a previous case which was completed in 2015. The complainant was an ex-employee of Otsuka who had given a statement during an internal investigation. The complainant alleged that Otsuka had failed to disclose all relevant information to the PMCPA, that Otsuka had not allowed witnesses to see or sign the statements submitted to the PMCPA and had removed information from them, and that three employees were forced out of the business because they were whistleblowers.

The outcome under the 2015 Code was:

Breach of Clause 2

Bringing discredit upon, and reducing confidence in, the pharmaceutical industry

Breach of Clause 9.1 (x2)

Failing to maintain high standards

No Breach of Clause 2 (x2)

Requirement that activities or materials must not bring discredit upon, or reduce confidence in, the pharmaceutical industry

No Breach of Clause 9.1

Requirement to maintain high standards

This summary is not intended to be read in isolation.
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