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Concerns Grow over Supply of Cephem Antibiotics after Choseido Plant Halt
By Takashi Ebisawa and Yuki Kato June 19, 2024
Japan is seeing growing woes over the supply of antibiotics in the wake of manufacturing issues detected at Choseido Pharmaceutical, which have brought its key plant offline. All major third-generation cephem antibiotics, both originals and…

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The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) said on June 18 that it will be offering KM Biologics and Daiichi Sankyo a maximum of 50 billion yen in subsidies to conduct large-scale vaccine trials.…
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Japan Tissue Engineering (J-TEC) said on June 17 that it is seeking an additional indication for its autologous cultured cartilage JACC for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee.JACC, a regenerative medicine product, is currently approved to treat traumatic cartilage…
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Japan’s all-important reimbursement policy panel on December 20 approved an outline of drug pricing reforms for FY2024, which enshrines a…

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