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Japan Reports Modest, But Positive Effect Of Generic-Drug Emphasis

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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In Japan, where an emphasis on buying generic drugs began in April 2008, the class of medicine comprised 7.2 percent of spending on prescription drugs. The increase, however, was only a 0.4 percent increase of 2007, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said. The ministry said the figures indicate the proportion of generics usage is still low, but that at least the change in policy has had an effect. Generics use amounted to 21.1 percent of drugs dispensed for treating blood and other bodily fluid problems in hospital settings. (Click here for more - a subscription may be required

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