Global First Approval For Takeda's Dengue Vaccine, In Indonesia
Set To Open Door To Wider Vaccine Use?
Takeda’s dengue vaccine Qdenga has received its global first approval in Indonesia, as Qdenga, also marking the first time for the firm to market a vaccine outside Japan and potentially paving the way to wider global use of vaccines for the mosquito-borne disease following setbacks for earlier contenders.
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The entire pharmaceutical industry will transform itself with digital technology while still facing the challenge of financial balance as a part of the healthcare ecosystem, says Takeda's CEO, who shared his views on the firm’s and wider industry's shifting business and R&D strategies at the recent CPHI Japan meeting.