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Daiichi Sankyo Files Yescarta, Second CAR-T Therapy in Japan
March 30, 2020
Daiichi Sankyo said on March 30 that it has filed its CAR-T cell therapy axicabtagene ciloleucel, known as Yescarta overseas, in Japan for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and…

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March 30, 2020
The Japanese Cabinet on March 27 approved a new five-year health and medical strategy from FY2020, which will begin next month, calling for new initiatives to spur research and development and measures to address the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.“We have…
March 30, 2020
A new panel of experts on stable drug supplies started discussions on March 27, hoping to draw up a report by this summer that will set out the definition of “key drugs” not only in…
March 30, 2020
The Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) is calling on pharmaceutical companies to seek its advice for possible delays and rescheduling for their clinical studies or trial plans due to the coronavirus pandemic.The call comes as the virus outbreak is…
By Takamitsu Sasai

Drug reps today are facing an increasingly strong imperative to depart from traditional promotional activities simply aimed at getting doctors’ prescriptions. For these reps to shift to communications focusing on proper drug use, the key will be their performance reviews.…

By Reiji Anasako

Eisai is aiming to notch up a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20% over FY2020-2025 under its five-year business plan. The primary driver will certainly be Lenvima (lenvatinib), a fast-growing cancer drug that has earned an up-to-US$5.76 billion alliance…

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

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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

Look into the heart of every successful company, the businesses that have made a real impact on the world, and you’ll notice they all share a common trait.The people. But not just any people, as Jim Collins famously said…“People are…

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