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Novartis Looks to Solidify Presence in Multiple Sclerosis Arena with Mayzent, then Ofatumumab
October 23, 2020
Novartis hopes to augment its presence in the Japanese multiple sclerosis (MS) market by capitalizing on Mayzent (siponimod), which was launched in Japan last month as the first drug against secondary progressive (SPMS). With PIII-compound…

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October 23, 2020
Chugai Pharmaceutical racked up year-on-year earnings growth in January-September on the back of robust sales and royalty revenues from the hemophilia treatment Hemlibra (emicizumab), the company said in its third-quarter financial update on October 22.In the first nine months of…
October 23, 2020
A reorganization of manufacturing sites is currently underway in the generic drug industry. With the generic drug share approaching 80% on a volume basis and NHI prices in decline, companies are looking for ways to grow and survive.In July, Nichi-Iko…
October 23, 2020
Fujifilm Toyama Chemical said on October 22 that it has partnered with Chinese drug maker Carelink Pharmaceutical to deploy its antiviral Avigan (favipiravir) in China.The Fujifilm group company will grant Carelink exclusive rights to submit an application for imported drug…
By Reiji Anasako

The Blackstone Group, a major US private equity firm, has announced the acquisition of Takeda Consumer Healthcare Company (TCHC), a subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical. Investment funds and other industries have been putting out feelers toward the pharmaceutical sector in recent…

By Takashi Ebisawa

Measures focusing on risk management should be necessary to prevent disruptions in API supplies, Prof. Hiroyuki Sakamaki of Kanagawa University…

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

As we accelerate along the information superhighway, one thing is certain. At this moment, we have access to more knowledge at the click of a button than any other point in human history. It’s an exciting opportunity, especially within the…

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