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Kobayashi Pharmaceutical COO Apologizes over Health Issues

Kobayashi Pharmaceutical COO Apologizes over Health Issues

   Osaka, March 29 (Jiji Press)--Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co. President and Chief Operating Officer Akihiro Kobayashi on Friday apologized over a series of health issues that have occurred among users of its dietary supplement products containing "beni koji" red fermented rice.
   "We'd like to deeply apologize for (the health problems) becoming a social issue," Kobayashi told a press conference in the western Japan city of Osaka.
   Kobayashi Pharmaceutical said that it plans to cover, at the very least, the treatment costs of hospitalized patients, outpatients and others. It will also offer similar compensation to affected users outside of Japan.
   The company on Friday announced a fifth death linked to its supplement products.
   According to the health ministry, 93 people have been hospitalized after taking the supplement, with the company receiving around 12,000 inquiries as of Wednesday.

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