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Five Big Pharma Products That Saw Action In India; There’s More To Come

Scrip spotlights the action around five key big pharma products in India. We track the gains made by Rybelsus and Keytruda, the wave of Januvia and Ibrance generics and on-market and court action for blockbuster Entresto.

Commercial India

India M&As Overtook PE Activity In 2022, Deal Momentum To Continue In 2023

India had a busy deals calendar in 2022, with companies led by Biocon striking large M&A deals while PE activity declined. Scrip pieced together data for infographics on these deals. A multitude of factors is expected to keep the momentum going in 2023

Commercial Scrip Perspectives

The Hunt For Big Fish: How KDDF Is Helping Create Korean Deals

Korea Drug Development Fund CEO H. Samuel Muk talks to Scrip how the government agency has evolved to support the Korean biopharma industry’s R&D and business development activities, as well as what key new projects are underway.

South Korea Deals

Ibrance Generics Arrive In India, Patient Programs Add Free Drug Component

Pfizer’s Ibrance is set to lose exclusivity in the US only by 2027, but the Indian market is buzzing with activity as generics including from top-ranked drug maker Sun Pharma vie for a share of the pie. Competing CDK4/6 inhibitors are already available but can cut-price palbociclib versions alter market dynamics?

Commercial India

Cold Water On Already Frozen Sector: Industry Growing Wary Of China Price Cuts

From orphan to cancer drugs, more products have had their prices cut in the latest round of reimbursement negotiations in China. Although the 60% average across 100 medicines was considered mild given it didn’t go beyond the previous year, it was still chilling and is prompting more firms, both multinational and domestic, to walk away from the process.

China Pricing Strategies

Pendulum Swings Again: Entresto Patent In India Restored, For Now

Patent pertaining to Novartis’s Entresto re-instated for now in India after a two-judge bench stays a previous order that set aside the grant of the patent. Will that put Indian firms that launched generic versions of the heart failure therapy at risk of infringement in the interim?

Commercial Intellectual Property

China’s Payer Keeps Deep Price Cuts Steady in Latest NRDL Listing

The 2022 pricing negotiations for innovative drugs organized by China’s National Healthcare Security Administration have slashed prices of included products by 60% on average, a level mostly unchanged from the 2021 round, although 36% more novel medicines were covered.

China Reimbursement

Japan Co-Logistics Project Aims For Efficiency, Compliance

Three Japanese pharma firms say their new joint logistics project will help more efficient distribution to wholesalers, optimize delivery labor in an ageing society and comply with tightening regulations.

Japan Strategy

New Deals, Modalities In Sights In Japan After Relatively Quiet 2022

After a comparatively subdued 2022 in terms of M&A and other deal-making, a strengthening currency and interest in new areas such as digital tools and cell and gene therapy might see a rebound in activity this year, which should also see domestic approvals of several potential blockbusters and more support for bioventures. 

Japan Scrip Perspectives

Differentiation Is Mantra As Amneal Targets $1bn By 2030 From Non-US Geographies

As Amneal makes its commercial debut in markets outside the US, Shyamakant Giri, MD and president, India and emerging markets, formulates a strategy based on differentiation and a targeted approach. From ‘theranostics’ to partnered products, he has multiple aces up his sleeves, Giri tells Scrip in an interview.

Commercial Leadership

Latest Big Rounds Herald A China Biotech Funding Spring?

Around the turn of the year, four Chinese biotechs including Kelun Biotech and BioRay ramped up funding with deals worth more than $100m, at a time when overall investment sentiment in the sector remains gloomy.

China Financing

Big Antibody Deals Offer Hope Amid Challenging Times For China Biotech

Recent antibody mega-deals are providing a rare bright spot for the embattled China biotech sector, amid sharply rising COVID-19 deaths in the country that indicate rebound and recovery could take longer than previously expected.

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