What Lies Beneath China's Steep Price Cuts For New Drugs
Prices of direct acting hepatitis C drugs are down by 85% in China, with cancer and antidiabetes therapy costs cut by 65% and drug makers are rushing to celebrate. Scrip delves into the considerations behind the low prices and whether industry's excitement is a bit premature.
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