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Failing Isn’t the Issue. What You Do Next Is All that Counts

By Philip Carrigan July 26, 2019
In 2011 the Japanese pharmaceutical industry was rocked when a whistleblower exposed the falsification of trial data for the drug Diovan, the blockbuster blood pressure drug manufactured by pharma giant Novartis. The ensuing investigation led to the arrest of one…

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By Yoshinori Sagehashi

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By Philip Carrigan

In my home country of Australia, there is a famous candy called “Minties”. Minties has a long-running advertising campaign, presenting comical situations, with the caption, “It’s moments like these.” The phase has become part of the Aussie vernacular, meaning in…