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Former MHLW Division Head Confirmed Guilty In HIV-Tainted Blood Scandal

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Akihito Matsumura, former head of Japan's Ministry of Health and Welfare's Biologics and Antibiotics Division was found guilty of professional negligence in Japan's HIV-tainted blood scandal. Japan's Supreme Court threw out Matsumura's appeal and maintained his guilty sentence. Matsumura was charged for the death of a hepatitis patient administered non-heat-treated blood products in Osaka in 1986. The case is the first time the Supreme Court ruled on a bureaucrat's personal responsibility for professional negligence. (Click here for more - Japanese language



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