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Novartis was fined $49 million by South Korea, and insurance reimbursement was suspended for six months for two of its medicines as a result of bribing doctors from 2011 to 2016, Reuters reports. The lack of reimbursement means that patients must find alternative treatments. The move by the Ministry of Health and Welfare came after prosecutors indicted six Novartis executives on the charges last year. A trial is now underway.

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