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Generic Industry at Crossroads: Companies Face Pressing Need to Boost Profitability ahead of FY2020

By Reiji Anasako November 28, 2018
While generic drugs post solid growth in volume-based shares in Japan, their makers are pondering ways to retool their business strategies and forge profit-making setups as they head towards FY2020 - the milestone year that marks the deadline of the…

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