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Chuikyo Moving toward Conclusion on Issue of Insurance Coverage for Heparinoid Drugs

January 15, 2018
By Koji Shimomura In response to concerns that ethical moisturizing agents containing heparinoids such as Hirudoid are being prescribed for beauty purposes, the medical fee revision to be conducted in April 2018 is expected to include measures to promote the…

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By Yuki Kato

Japan plans to revise its guidelines on the drone delivery of medicines later this month, which would mark the first revision since they were established two years ago. Service providers are closely watching how they will be revised, with calls…

By Eric Persoff

The healthcare supply chain in Japan, as in all major markets, consists of biopharmaceutical manufacturers selling to wholesalers who in turn sell to hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies, where the drugs are finally dispensed to patients. Each party ideally contributes value…

By Yoshinori Sagehashi

The health ministry’s key expert panel on February 15 agreed on the need to consolidate the Japanese generic sector to…

A key Japanese reimbursement policy panel on December 16 approved the government-backed plan for the FY2023 “off-year” drug price revision.…

Authorized generic (AG) strategies taken by innovative drug makers might help soften the impact of generic competition in their businesses but such tactics might also accelerate the application of “G1”/“G2” price cuts for their off-patent brand-name medicines, a Jiho tally…

Japan’s health ministry announced new NHI prices to be applied in April under the FY2022 drug price revision in the official gazette on March 4, with the earlier application of so-called “G1” price cuts to be implemented for the first…