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Japans National Hospital Director Reprimanded For Accepting High Fees For Speeches From Pharma Companies

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Japans National Cardiovascular Center Director Masafumi Kitakaze got his salary reduced for six months for accepting high fees from pharmaceutical companies for speeches. According to the Osaka-based national hospital, Kitakase spoke at 55 events sponsored by pharmac companies from October to December 2006, and received 9.3 million in compensation. The compensation standard, which is 60,000 per hour, is three times higher than the allowed 20,000 or less per hour set by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. The center also disclosed that Kitakaze falsified the speech time and reported only 7.2 million in compensation.( href=''>Click here for more Japanese language) "National Cardiovascular Center Director Punished For Falsified Report, Receives 9.3 Million In Speech Fees In Three Month" - Jiji Press News (3/31/09)



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