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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 Izuru Ando

Expert discussions are underway on the lifting of bans on cannabis-derived drugs in Japan. The government is set to create the environment needed to allow for the utilization of such medicines by embracing this policy in its annual “honebuto” paper,…

By Philip Carrigan

“The Tesla and SpaceX CEO sent an email to employees at both companies on Tuesday saying everyone must spend 40 hours per week in the office. ‘If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned. The more senior…

By Reiji Anasako

The average ratio of females in managerial posts at Japanese drug makers has finally reached a double-digit number, at 10.0%, a Jiho survey found. However, this is still well below a near-25% ratio logged by foreign players operating in the…

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…

A total of 15 new drugs (APIs) joined the NHI price list in 2021 with peak sales forecasts topping at 10 billion yen, many of them in the area of orphan diseases and with few mega launches, according to a…