GENEVA (AP) - Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis says net income fell 42 percent in the third quarter, largely due to the sale of its hepatitis drug unit a year earlier and provisions for legal settlements and fees.

GENEVA (AP) Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis says net income fell 42 percent in the third quarter, largely due to the sale of its hepatitis drug unit a year earlier and provisions for legal settlements and fees.

The company says the integration of businesses from a multibillion-dollar product exchange with rival GlaxoSmithKline earlier this year is on track.

Net income fell to $1.81 billion from $3.1 billion a year earlier, when it earned money on the sale of shares of Idenix Pharmaceuticals to Merck.

Net sales rose 6 percent to $12.3 billion when discounting currency fluctuations.

Net sales in its pharmaceuticals unit rose 7 percent by that measure, but generic competition for its Diovan monotherapy and Exforge high blood pressure treatments and Exelon Patch, an Alzheimer's treatment, had a negative impact.