REGULATORY

70% of Pharmacies Procured Alternative Products due to Generic Scandals in FY2020: Chuikyo Survey

December 3, 2021
Due to a series of scandals stemming from quality issues involving generic drugs, some 70% of health insurance pharmacies said they had taken steps such as collecting information on the procurement and supply of alternative generics and switching to other…

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