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COVID-19’s Impact on Pharma Becoming Clearer with New Data, Earnings

By Tatsuya Otsuka August 17, 2020
COVID-19 was expected to impact the pharmaceutical industry by discouraging visits to medical institutions and hospitalizations and by forcing the drug makers to exercise self-restraint in their promotional activities. The actual situation has now come into clearer focus based on…

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