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17,800 Hep C Patients Prescribed Sovaldi in 6 Months; Clinical Benefits Out of Consideration in New Re-Pricing Rule

January 27, 2016
A total of 17,800 hepatitis C patients were prescribed Gilead Sciences’s Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) in the six months through November, almost on a par with the 19,000 patients anticipated for its peak sales forecast, the health ministry’s early post-marketing phase vigilance…

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Takeda Pharmaceutical, Eisai, and Nippon Chemiphar offeredearly retirement programs over the past year, a Jiho survey revealed. It appears that not all of them are looking at downsizing, however, with some aggressively seeking to “rejuvenate” their employees by replacing ones…

By Takashi Ohama

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) appears to be ready to begin post-launch drug price adjustments based on cost-effectiveness assessments (CEAs) for the first time since the system was introduced in April 2019. As price tweaks will be…

By Yoshinori Sagehashi

Biogen’s controversial Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab was filed for Japanese regulatory approval in December. If approved, it will be the first…

Japan’s key reimbursement policy panel on December 20 approved an outline of its FY2020 drug pricing reform next April, with…

Japan will go ahead with the introduction of a cost-effectiveness assessment (CEA) scheme for drugs and medical devices in April…

By Eric Persoff

The past month has seen two significant milestones in healthcare price control measures in Japan: The first “off-year” NHI reimbursement price cuts, and release of the first results under Japan’s “cost-effectiveness assessment” system. Both milestones have been anticipated for quite…