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Chuikyo Kicks Off Debate on FY2023 Off-Year Drug Price Revision
October 6, 2022
An all-important Japanese reimbursement policy panel on October 5 launched its discussions towards the next “off-year” drug price revision scheduled for April 2023. Members representing healthcare providers called for carefully defining product coverage, while payers…

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty gained the regulatory nod in Japan on October 5 for use in children between the ages of six months and four years. This is the first COVID-19 jab to be approved in the country for children…
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The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) on October 5 granted a special approval to Pfizer’s bivalent COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty RTU tailored to the BA.4/BA.5 Omicron subvariants.The green light was given as a partial modification to the previous approval…
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Interest is growing in discussions by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s (MHLW) new expert panel on comprehensive pharmaceutical measures. At its meeting on September 22, major trade groups made their cases to push for a re-think of the…

By Eric Persoff

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The average ratio of females in managerial posts at Japanese drug makers has finally reached a double-digit number, at 10.0%, a Jiho survey found. However, this is still well below a near-25% ratio logged by foreign players operating in the…

Authorized generic (AG) strategies taken by innovative drug makers might help soften the impact of generic competition in their businesses but such tactics might also accelerate the application of “G1”/“G2” price cuts for their off-patent brand-name medicines, a Jiho tally…

Japan’s health ministry announced new NHI prices to be applied in April under the FY2022 drug price revision in the official gazette on March 4, with the earlier application of so-called “G1” price cuts to be implemented for the first…

A total of 15 new drugs (APIs) joined the NHI price list in 2021 with peak sales forecasts topping at 10 billion yen, many of them in the area of orphan diseases and with few mega launches, according to a…

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