Set, Ready, Afford: China Rushes To Access Innovation Amid New Drug Dash
2018 is set to break the record for new drug approvals in China, which have included some immuno-oncology and powerful antiviral therapies. Providing access to these high-priced medicines to more patients in the populous country was high on the minds of several multinationals during a recent conference in Shanghai.
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