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Industry Workforce Dwindling as More and More Staffers Take Voluntary Retirement; Astellas Could Cut 700 Jobs

By Reiji Anasako February 22, 2019
As drug makers step up their downsizing moves in Japan, the industry has seen a trend of employees flocking to apply for voluntary redundancy programs, with their numbers exceeding the targets set by these companies in many cases. Coupled with…

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By Takashi Ohama

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) appears to be ready to begin post-launch drug price adjustments based on cost-effectiveness assessments (CEAs) for the first time since the system was introduced in April 2019. As price tweaks will be…

By Yoshinori Sagehashi

Biogen’s controversial Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab was filed for Japanese regulatory approval in December. If approved, it will be the first…

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…

Japan will go ahead with the introduction of a cost-effectiveness assessment (CEA) scheme for drugs and medical devices in April…

By Eric Persoff

It has been just over one year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Much has been written in Japan about COVID-19’s effect on life science manufacturers’ customer engagement model. How can Japan, with its continued reliance on the traditional…