Cross-Country Collaborations, Business As Usual?
Pharmaceutical companies cannot afford to ignore the growing number of cross-country collaborations springing up in Europe aimed at securing more affordable medicines through actions such as jointly negotiated pricing deals. In Vivo looks at the factors that may influence the rise or fall of these collaborations and at how they may eventually make companies rethink the way they do business.
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