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First Hepatitis C Settlements Reached In Japan Prefectures

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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The first cases of hepatitis C suits filed against the government have been settled in Japan's prefectures of Fukuoka and Osaka, with 29 plaintiffs agreeing to government-proposed compensation. Damage suits filed against drug makers such as Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma for selling tainted blood that caused fatal liver ailments in Japanese patients remain in play. Negotiations by the 29, who were among about 240 people to file suit as far back as 2002, are not expected to be held with the drug makers. The government also is considering plans to offer help for hepatitis B and C patients not covered by a law passed last month to enable the settlements. (Click here for more

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