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Battle Looming over 2% Adjustment Rate as New Honebuto Paper Nears Completion

By Yoshinori Sagehashi June 1, 2021
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…

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By Eric Persoff

Biopharmaceutical wholesalers in Japan play broader roles than their counterparts overseas. Beyond logistics and distribution, wholesalers perform a variety of tasks related to finance, safety, and commercialization. Such functions are typically cited as justification for various fees, rebates, and allowances…

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