ZURICH, June 26 (Reuters) - Novartis did not export dual-use chemicals to a Syrian partner, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday, amid scrutiny of shipments by German chemicals distributor Brenntag via a Swiss subsidiary in 2014.
Reports in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung and other newspapers said Brenntag, the world's largest chemicals distributor, sold chemical raw materials to a Syrian pharmaceutical company called Mediterranean Pharmaceutical Industries (MPI). Novartis has a contract manufacturing and distribution deal with MPI for some products.
"It was the responsibility of MPI to obtain the necessary adjuvants required for production itself directly from a third party supplier," Novartis said in a statement. "Novartis exported neither isopropanol nor diethylamine to Syria at that time nor does it do so currently." (Reporting by John Miller; Editing by Michael Shields)