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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 Yoshinori Sagehashi

The government is in the process of finalizing the 2021 Basic Policy for Economic and Fiscal Management and Reform (honebuto). This year’s policy will have a higher importance than previous ones because the drastic reforms of the drug pricing system…

By Eric Persoff

Last month, when discussing how life science manufacturers should react to the evolving pricing environment in Japan, I wrote about how manufacturers should align with stakeholders in government and the medical community on fair compensation for innovative, value creating, biopharmaceutical…

The average ratio of female employees at managerial posts stood at just 12.5% at pharmaceutical companies operating in Japan, a Jiho survey revealed. While foreign drug makers had an average 25.0%, the ratio came to as low as 9.8% for…

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…

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