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Failing Isn’t the Issue. What You Do Next Is All that Counts

By Philip Carrigan July 26, 2019
In 2011 the Japanese pharmaceutical industry was rocked when a whistleblower exposed the falsification of trial data for the drug Diovan, the blockbuster blood pressure drug manufactured by pharma giant Novartis. The ensuing investigation led to the arrest of one…

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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 Philip Carrigan

After decades in recruitment, I say from experience that there’s a particular way to attract candidates to a given role. Do it right, and you’ll have talent chasing you. Get it wrong, and you’ll be left listening to the crickets…