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Generic APIs at Crossroads - 3: Gx Society Sets Up Committee for Discussions with Healthcare Providers and API Manufacturers
By Takashi Ebisawa August 14, 2020
The Japanese Society of Generic and Biosimilar Medicines established an “API committee” in April as a forum for healthcare providers, API manufacturers, and API trading companies to discuss the various challenges surrounding APIs. Hiroto Yoshiwaka,…

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August 14, 2020
Japan’s pharmaceutical industry has been in dire need of a shake-up, and as we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is remarkably clear. It’s no longer business as usual, and we’re enjoying a front-row seat to some…
August 13, 2020
Ichiro Fujikawa, chairman of the Japan Pharmaceutical Traders’ Association (JPTA), an organization of importers of APIs and intermediates, calls on the government to simplify regulatory procedures to make it easier for companies to switch to…
August 12, 2020
Fujifilm Toyama Chemical plans to complete the patient enrollment on August 16 for its stalled PIII clinical trial in Japan for its antiviral agent Avigan (favipiravir) for the treatment of COVID-19, a company official said.The Fujifilm group company believes that…
By Takashi Ohama

On July 17, Japan’s Cabinet adopted the 2020 Basic Policy on Economic and Fiscal Management and Reform (honebuto). Its initial text suggested the government’s position to carry out its first off-year drug price revision next April as well as its…

By Takashi Ebisawa

Since last year, Japan has seen a number of stock-outs and shortages of generic drugs attributable to API supply disruptions…

By Takamitsu Sasai

Nearly a year after the introduction of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s (MHLW) drug promotion guidelines in April…

By Takashi Ebisawa

Advancements in modified oligonucleotide technologies has been the key driver behind a spate of approvals in the oligonucleotide therapeutics space…

Japan’s key reimbursement policy panel on December 20 approved an outline of its FY2020 drug pricing reform next April, with…

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) on November 27 added to the NHI price list Japan’s first biosimilars of Avastin (bevacizumab), Nesp (darbepoetin alfa), and Forteo (teriparatide). The NHI prices of first biosimilars are set at 70% of…

A total of 51 new drugs joined the NHI price list in 2019, which are expected to generate combined peak sales of 373 billion yen, according to Jiho’s tally of data submitted to a key reimbursement policy panel. The relatively…

By Yoshinori Sagehashi

Some seven years in the making, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) finally rolled out a cost-effectiveness assessment…

Japan will go ahead with the introduction of a cost-effectiveness assessment (CEA) scheme for drugs and medical devices in April…

By Philip Carrigan

In a change striking to the very core of the traditional Japanese salaryman, “We are seeing the coronavirus ushering in a new way of working… and I think it’s about time,” says Ivan Tselichtchev, Professor of Economics at the Niigata…

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