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Japan's Health Ministry Approves 197 Generics For NHI Listing, Including 22 Generic Versions Of Pfizer's Xalatan Eye Drops

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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TOKYO - Japan's Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare May 28 released for National Health Insurance coverage listing a total of 197 generic drugs, down sharply from the 318 items listed in May 2009; the decline seems to contradict the Japanese government's policy goal of raising the proportion of generics to 30 percent by the end of March 2013 from 17.6 percent in March 2009

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