REGULATORY

MHLW Proposes Curbing Entries of Generic Makers That Threaten Stable Supplies

By Ken Yoshino September 20, 2023
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) on September 19 proposed restructuring the Japanese generic industry by restricting the market entries of companies deemed to have insufficient manufacturing capacities and risks in business continuity. The proposal formed part of…

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