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Drug company bosses jailed for selling HIV infected products

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 04 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:601
  1. Joe Lamar
  1. Tokyo

    In a landmark ruling on Japan's worst health scandal, three drug company executives were given a prison sentence last week for their role in the AIDS related deaths of about 500 haemophilic people.

    The Osaka High Court found Renzo Matsushita, a former president of the Osaka based Green Cross company, and two of his colleagues—Tadakazu Suyama and Takehiko Kawano—guilty of professional negligence resulting in death.

    Presiding Judge Mikio Miyoshi said that …

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