Kenzo Sawai, president of Japanese generics giant Sawai Pharmaceutical, tells Scrip in the first of a two-part exclusive interview about the firm’s strategy and backstory of efforts to maintain product supplies amid the country’s ongoing generic crisis. He also urges Japan to take "the best and only chance" to reform its drug pricing system to help the entire market survive.
Japan is intending to revise existing pharma legislation to enable the urgent approval of new drugs with "assumed efficacy", with a maximum three-year period for confirmation, in cases of emergency need. The government will also ask companies to implement tighter safety monitoring and management of supply chains, with swift data disclosure required, as part of the planned changes.
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