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Lenvima Heading into Megablockbuster Territory, Will Merck Tie-Up Help It Top Combined Aricept/Pariet Sales?

By Reiji Anasako March 12, 2020
Eisai is aiming to notch up a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20% over FY2020-2025 under its five-year business plan. The primary driver will certainly be Lenvima (lenvatinib), a fast-growing cancer drug that has earned an up-to-US$5.76 billion alliance…

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By Takashi Ebisawa

Earlier this month, Health Minister Keizo Takemi called on the top executives of 13 major generic makers to restructure the industry with a product consolidation target of “around five companies per API.” While a variety of restructuring options are conceivable,…

By Philip Carrigan

In Japan, long-term business relationships are essential to business success. This presents a real challenge for international pharmaceutical and healthcare companies entering Japan.Japanese business culture places greater significance on relationships over business transactions. While in Western business, rapid business deals…

A Japanese health ministry panel discussing the generic industry structure on May 22 put together a report in which it…

A Japanese health ministry study group focused on pharmaceutical regulations on March 21 agreed on a policy to encourage the…

The Japanese health ministry on December 22 approved a batch of medicines for additional indications, including Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s atypical antipsychotic Rexulti (brexpiprazole) and Zenyaku Kogyo’s anti-CD20 antibody Rituxan (rituximab).Rexulti is now newly indicated for the treatment of depression and depressive…

Japan’s all-important reimbursement policy panel on December 20 approved an outline of drug pricing reforms for FY2024, which enshrines a…

By Yoshinori Sagehashi

The Japanese health ministry’s expert panel tasked to discuss comprehensive policies for the rapid and stable supply of pharmaceuticals generally…

A key Japanese reimbursement policy panel on December 16 approved the government-backed plan for the FY2023 “off-year” drug price revision.…

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…