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MHLW to Enhance Drug Review System to Eliminate Application Lag: PFSB Director Gen. Ebata

October 3, 2012
Jun Ebata, who was sworn in on September 10 as director general of the Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau (PFSB), the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW), expressed his readiness in an interview with industry journal reporters on October…

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