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LDP’s Social Security Commission Urges Govt to Revisit Off-Year Drug Price Revisions
By Ken Yoshino May 24, 2024
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) Research Commission on Social Security System on May 23 broadly agreed on a proposal prodding the government to reconsider “off-year” drug price revisions in light of inflation and other…

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May 24, 2024
Three major trade groups of research-driven pharma companies in Japan, the US, and Europe will carry out a survey on how drug makers perceived the FY2024 drug pricing reform and whether there have been changes…
May 24, 2024
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) on May 23 proposed the addition of Pfizer’s 20-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine Prevenar 20 to the national immunization program (NIP) for children.The proposal was made at a meeting of a vaccine evaluation…
May 24, 2024
AnGes said on May 23 that it will launch its progeria treatment Zokinvy (lonafarnib) in Japan on May 27.The drug was approved in January and joined the NHI price list in April for the indication of Hutchinson-Gilford-Progeria syndrome and processing-deficient…

A health ministry study group on the generic industry structure will urge the government to set a five-year period of…

By Izuru Ando

Discussions by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s (MHLW) study group on the generic industry structure are reaching the last lap. Its final report - a draft of which will be presented later this month - is expected to…

By Philip Carrigan

Whenever an excellent employee or leader leaves, it’s a blow to your organization.The departure of staff is an inevitable part of business, but in a fiercely competitive recruitment landscape like Japan, employee retention is a priority.Not only does retaining staff…

A Japanese health ministry study group focused on pharmaceutical regulations on March 21 agreed on a policy to encourage the…

The Japanese health ministry on December 22 approved a batch of medicines for additional indications, including Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s atypical antipsychotic Rexulti (brexpiprazole) and Zenyaku Kogyo’s anti-CD20 antibody Rituxan (rituximab).Rexulti is now newly indicated for the treatment of depression and depressive…

Japan’s all-important reimbursement policy panel on December 20 approved an outline of drug pricing reforms for FY2024, which enshrines a…

By Yoshinori Sagehashi

The Japanese health ministry’s expert panel tasked to discuss comprehensive policies for the rapid and stable supply of pharmaceuticals generally…

A key Japanese reimbursement policy panel on December 16 approved the government-backed plan for the FY2023 “off-year” drug price revision.…

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…

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