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China API sourcing: the way forward

According to an analysis by Robert Kennedy, Manager of Industry Research for Thomson Reuters API Intelligence, as published in Scrip News of 9 December 2009, a striking number of Chinese companies are gearing up to supply pharmaceutical ingredients to the regulated markets of the west.

Can China retain its API sourcing appeal?

China has a burgeoning active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing base, albeit one focused largely on achieving quick profits in the domestic sector. According to an analysis by Robert Kennedy, Manager of Industry Research for Thomson Reuters API Intelligence, as published in Scrip News of 9 December 2009, a striking number of Chinese companies are gearing up to supply pharmaceutical ingredients to the regulated markets of the west.

China's appeal of the Chinese API sourcing market

According to an analysis by Robert Kennedy, Manager of Industry Research for Thomson Reuters API Intelligence, as published in Scrip News of 9 December 2009, a striking number of Chinese companies are gearing up to supply pharmaceutical ingredients to the regulated markets of the west.

Sourcing APIs from China

According to an analysis by Robert Kennedy, Manager of Industry Research for Thomson Reuters API Intelligence, as published in Scrip News of 9 December 2009, a striking number of Chinese companies are gearing up to supply pharmaceutical ingredients to the regulated markets of the west.

China is not the low-cost option in every category

According to an analysis by Robert Kennedy, Manager of Industry Research for Thomson Reuters API Intelligence, as published in Scrip News of 9 December 2009, a striking number of Chinese companies are gearing up to supply pharmaceutical ingredients to the regulated markets of the west.

Considerations about the exclusivity period of biologicals

A proposal by US Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo included in the US House health reform bill, would give developers of innovative biomedical drugs 12 years of data exclusivity from generic competition, significantly extending their patent rights, writes Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik.

Emerging markets: a clearer categorisation needed

Emerging markets are a popular topic at the moment, with pharma firms seeking sales growth outside the mature and slowing markets of the west.

Emerging markets key to Big Pharma growth

There is a growing consensus in the pharmaceutical industry that emerging markets will have to be a crucial component of the big players’ businesses if they are to maintain growth in the coming years.

US direct-to-consumer advertisements ‘led to higher drug prices’

A new study by Dr Michael Law et al. of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine of 23 November 2009, suggests that US direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) for a top-selling drug had no effect on prescribing rates, but led to a major rise in the drug’s price. Use of Bristol-Myers Squibb/sanofi-aventis’ blood-thinner Plavix (clopidogrel), which first appeared on the market in 1998, did not increase as a result of the consumer advertising campaign for it, which began in 2001. However, a “sudden and sustained increase” in the drug’s price after the advertisements commenced cost 27 state Medicaid programmes an additional US$207 million in pharmacy expenditures during 2001–2005, say the authors.

Is the pharmaceutical industry ‘innovating to extinction’?

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) of 25 November 2009 examines an increasingly problematic phenomenon in the pharmaceutical industry: ‘innovation to extinction’. In short, the better pharmaceutical companies do their job, the more difficult it will be for companies to create innovative therapies, particularly for well-treated populations (and thus they increasingly focus on generics and biosimilars ...).